Phishing Alert: Auto-Password Verification Failed

Some U-M community members reported receiving this email. It is fraudulent or malicious. Do not respond, click any link in it, or provide personal information or money. See Phishing & Scams for more tips. If you need help, contact the ITS Service Center.

Date Sent: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Phishing Email Summary

This phish may be sent to an individual or to a group, and may reference an MCommunity group name. This phish attempts to trick the recipients by claiming that their U-M password will expire. A link in the phish takes the recipient to a fake login page designed to steal credentials.

Ways to spot that this is a phish include:

  • It is sent from a spoofed address. A close examination shows the sender address does not match the display name and the email is not actually from a address.
  • It directs users to a non-UM (fake) login page. You can spot this fake by examining the URL. The real U-M weblogin page is

Text as well as screenshots of the phish appear below.

Phishing Email Text server notification

Password Expiry
Dear [department name removed] ,

The password to your email [department name removed] is expiring on 01/06/2021 07:36:48 pm
You are required to use below to keep same password otherwise access to your mailbox will be denied.

Keep Same Password [link removed]

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Phishing Email or Site Screenshot: 
Screen shot of phishing email. Text appears above.
Screenshot of phishing website, a fake login page with incorrect URL.