Spam claiming University's Copyright

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  • Received a blanket message on campus alerting everyone to a problem with their email address. Message contains a link to provide correction to the problem. The entire message is false. However, they also used the University's Name with copyright symbol which goes beyond just spam and actually intrudes on the University's intellectual property rights.

    Message below deletes name of the University. I'm confident several universities probably get similar messages.

    Dear Email Account Owner,

    This message is from the XXXXXXXXXXX University messaging center. We are currently carrying out scheduled maintenance, upgrade of our webmail service and we are changing our mailhost server as a result your original password will be reset. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

    To complete your XXXXXXXXXXX.EDU email account upgrade, please click the link below and confirm the information requested:

    If you click the link and it appears to be broken, please copy and paste it into a new browser window.

    Failure to do this will immediately render your email address deactivated from the XXXXXXXXXXXX University database.

    Thank you for using the XXXXXXXXXXX University Webmail.

    © 2010 The XXXXXXXXXXX University Information Technology Service . All Rights Reserved.
    This E-mail is confidential and privileged. If you are not the intended Recipient please accept our apologies; Please do not Disclose, Copy or Distribute Information in this E-mail or take any action in Reliance on its contents: to do so is strictly prohibited and may be Unlawful. Please inform us that this Message has gone astray before deleting it. Thank you for your
    Co- operation. Copyright © 2010 XXXXXXXXXXXXXX University . All Rights are reserved.
  • Interesting. I get these all the time, and not just from my own university -- it's like they are spamming everyone with a .edu address. I never noticed the copyright thing before.

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