Phishing victim prevents Gustavus from sending to hotmail

Posted on September 16th, 2009 by

Recently one of our users gave their password to someone else either by e-mail or by following a link to a non gustavus site.

As a result, Hotmail and are both blocking mail from Gustavus.

Unfortunately , Microsoft does not give us any ability to lift the ban and we have to wait for them to do it automatically.

I thought that this would be a good “teachable incident.” Please do not EVER reply to an e-mail with your Gustavus password or put your Gustavus password into a web site that does not end in or Doing so can impact everyone at Gustavus. As a result of this incident, people can’t send e-mails to potential employers, friends, or grandmothers who use hotmail or

Gustavus will never ask for your password by e-mail, and there are no web sites that work with your Gustavus password that don’t end in or

If you ever have a question about whether a e-mail or web site is legitimate PLEASE call the technology helpline at x6111 or e-mail before you give them your password.


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  1. […] Phishing is a criminally fraudulent process where victims are tricked into giving criminals sensitive information such as their usernames and passwords. Phishing causes damage to individuals (e.g. taking their money) and institutions (e.g. preventing all users from sending e-mails). […]