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Warning Notices Sent to ARRL Email Users are Bogus

ARRL email users! Don’t get caught in this phishing scheme.

Some ARRL E-mail Forwarding Service (<call sign>@arrl.net) users have reported receiving bogus notices with a subject line, “Warning!!! Code: WeBmAiLx2F5” or similar. These warning e-mails are phishing attempts and did not originate with ARRL. Recipients should ignore the warning and should not attempt to click on the link provided or to comply with its instructions.

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The bogus warnings, which bear the ARRL logo, purport to originate from “IT Help Desk 2016” with a cableone.net domain and are addressed to “Dear ARRL User.” The message instructs recipients to update their accounts by clicking on a link and providing account information.

Ironically, the message cites “congestion and spamming in all ARRL Outlook user accounts” as the reason for the warning and update notice, which warns that ARRL accounts will otherwise be blocked or suspended. The ARRL would never solicit information from e-mail users in this manner.

(Original source:  arrl.org)

As usual, this scheme seems to have originated abroad. Note the sentence construction (lack thereof), failure to capitalize prooperly and grammar problems. The writer is obviously not a native English speaker. Not to mention the reference to “Outlook” which has nothing to do with the ARRL’s email alias program. Bottom line: question every email you receive — even those purportedly from sources or people you know.