The Data Center has blocked campus email from being sent to "firstname.lastname@example.org"--an address connected to the latest phishing scam that seeks to trick campus email customers into handing over personal information.
The address is part of a "Dear Account User!!!" email from a made-up unit called "UCDAVIS.EDU Customer Care" that surfaced in some campus inboxes Wednesday. The message asks for passwords and other information if the recipient "still want[s] to use this account." Like all phishing scams, it is a fraud, and the Data Center has blocked the address to prevent people from falling prey to the deception.
Any email now sent to the "supporteduuser" address from UC Davis servers will not go through. Anyone who tries will receive an answer saying either the message failed or "This recipient blocked. Please see http://security.ucdavis.edu/csb_idtheft.cfm."
The security.ucdavis link discusses how to prevent identity theft.
Wednesday's scam is the latest of several in the past few months that have purported to come from UC Davis and have been aimed at UC Davis email users. Find advice on how to steer clear of email frauds here.