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Scam Alert: Fake Security Patch Email

This news item expired June 29, 2012. It may contain out-of-date information.

ITS security officials have been notified of a new email scam circulating on campus that appears to come from a legitimate Iowa State email address. The message instructs the user to follow a link to download and install an important security patch. The message goes on to say that the user will not be able to send or receive emails without the patch. If you receive an email like this, delete it. Remember, ITS does not request personal information or instruct users to follow links or install software of any kind.

If you have questions about this information, email the ITS Security team at

security (at) iastate (dot) edu