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Many faculty, staff, and students found phishing scams in their inbox this week. One notable example appeared to be from “University of Tennessee” with an “” email address. In this case, recipients were asked to re-activate their account by clicking on a link.

OIT will never email you to validate, activate, or increase the quota for your account. Many universities—including UT—have been targets of spear phishing, meaning a specific and targeted campaign against our faculty, staff, and students.  

You can check to see if an email you received has been reported as a scam on OIT’s System Status Center: Recent Email Scams or you can report the email with full headers to Read the reporting instructions on the OIT website. To learn more about phishing, check out OIT’s Knowledge Base.

When in doubt, contact the OIT HelpDesk for assistance at 865-974-9900 or visit