Phishing messages are spammers' attempts to obtain your username and password, either for direct financial gain or so that they can use your email account to send spam. As always, TIG is working to make sure these people can't get such requests through to us, but it's hard to predict what their next message will look like.
Don't ever answer requests for passwords via email or telephone.
Neither TIG nor IS&T will ever
ask for your password in an email.
- Change your passwords ASAP if you might have responded to a phishing attempt.
- As of spring 2010, CSAIL maintains no quotas on IMAP account usage (only gentle nags)
- Account expiration is described at WebINQUIR#User_expiration - generally, your supervisor is involved.
- If in doubt, create a new message to email@example.com or stop by 32-276.
Here are examples of some of the messages:
This message is from MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Computing Support (TIG) to all Faculty, Staff and Students using the CSAIL Webmail accounts.
We noticed that the CSAIL Webmail accounts has been compromised byspammers. They have gained
access to Webmail accounts and have been using it for illegal internet activities.
Computing Support is currently performing maintenance and upgrading it's database. We intend
upgrading our Email Security Server for better online services.
It is strongly recommended you send to this office your account information immediately to enable
TIG reset your account. You be sent a new confirmation alphanumerical password.
Please provide the following information-
From: MIT CSAIL Support Team [firstname.lastname@example.org]
----Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Support Team-----
Dear CSAIL Webmail User,
Your CSAIL WebMail Account will be deactivated if you do not verify that
your CSAIL WebMail Account is still in use. Due to excess abandoned
CSAIL WebMail Account in our database.
To Verify, provide your CSAIL WebMail Account Username and Password,
Username: (......@csail.mit.edu) Password (........) Future Password (........)
Thank you for using CSAIL.
----©2010, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology. All rights reserved---
Dear MIT.EDU Email Account Owner,
This message is from MIT.EDU messaging center to all MIT.EDU email account owners. We are
currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused MIT.EDU
email account to create more space for new accounts.
To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that
it's a present used account.
CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL IDENTITY BELOW
Email Username :
EMAIL Password :
Attention!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within Seven days of
receiving this Notification will lose his or her account permanently.
Thank you for using MIT.EDU!
Dear E-mail Users,
The new Mit™ Webmail is a fast and light-weight appliction to quickly and
easily access your e-mail. We are currently
upgrading our data base and e-mail center. We are deleting Mit™ Webmail to
create more space for
To prevent your email from closing you will have to update it below so that
we will know that it's a present used email.
CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL IDENTITY BELOW
User ID: ......... .....
E-mail Password : ...............
Secret Question : ...............
Secret Answer : ...............
Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within
Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his
or her account permanently
Thank you for using Mit™ Webmail!
Access Number: 859480KBM
Mit™ Webmail Center
Attention E-Mail Account Holder,
We are currently performing maintenance for our Digital mail Account
owners due to the rate of internet passwords and other informations
thieves. And we discovered that our mail account owners have been
receiving phishing mails form imposters asking for their personal
informations. We intend upgrading our Digital mail Security Server for
better online services.
In order to ensure you do not experience service interruption, Please
you must reply to this email immediately and enter your MIT Kerberos
username here ( )and password here ( ) for
security reasons and Check out your new features and enhancements
with your new and improved mail account. To enable us upgrade your
Account for better online services please reply to this mail.
NB: We request your username and password for Identification purpose
MIT E-mail Technical Informations Department.
© MIT Limited, 2003 - 2008 ABN: 31 088 377 860
Dear Csail.mit.edu User
It was noticed that you have exceeded your Email Quota Limit of 450 MB
and you need to expand your quota. In less than 48hours if you haven't
upgrade your Email Quota Limit, your email account will be desable.
To expand your email quota limit use the below email quota link:
Thank you for your understanding.
Copyright ©2010 Admin Helpdesk Support Webmail Centre.