Scam: Upgrading Microsoft Mailbox


The following message was reported as spam.

From: Brightwell, Barbara A [mailto:Barbara.Brightwell@Mercy.Net]
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 6:51 AM
Subject: Upgrade to your Microsoft mailbox

Dear Staff,
This email contains important information regarding your mailbox

We are upgrading the software behind the Microsoft email and calendaring service to the latest version (Microsoft Exchange 2010) in order to improve the functionality of Outlook Web App for more of our users, and to see some other benefits. In order to make the change, we will ask you to avoid emailing or amending calendars between 10 pm and 8 am over one night in May. You will receive the date for this in a separate email.

We aslo require that you Sumbit the following Informations by clinking on this Link before the said day is announced.

More importantly, your local IT support has been extensively briefed and should be able to answer more questions.

With best regards,
Barbara Brightwell
The Webmail Support TeamThis email contains information which may be PROPRIETARY IN NATURE OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED BY LAW FROM DISCLOSURE and is intended only for the use of the addresses(s) named above. If you have received this email in error, please contact the sender immediately.

Signs this is a scam/phishing attempt:

  • Confusing technical jargon
  • Not personally addressed
  • Link goes to someewhere off a State netword
  • Email does not come from WVOT personnel