Phish Alert - 'Update Username'

Threat Level: Medium
Threat Type: Phishing
Advisory Date: 07/13/2023


There is currently an email message circulating that has been received by many users with the subject  "Update Username" or "Update".  The message appears to be from "University of Regina", however, the sending email address is "" The message claims that you are required to update your details online as part of regular maintenace features.  

This message is not legitimate.  Do not click on this link or enter credentials. The message appears as:

From: University of Regina <>
Date: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 4:09 PM
Subject: Update ''

Hεllο [],

You are required to updαte you online details, as part of our regular maintenance features '' [Links to a portal that appears like University of Regina webmail]

Thαnk you
© 2017 University of Regina.


Phishing is an online fraud technique used by criminals to entice you to disclose personal information. It is the fastest rising online crime method used for stealing personal financial information and perpetrating identity theft. 

Phishers use many different tactics to lure you, including email and web sites that resemble well-known, trusted institutions. A common phishing practice involves spamming recipients with a fake message under the name of a trusted institution. The purpose of this fake message is to trick you into providing personal information, such as user name and password.

People who respond to phishing e-mails, and input the requested financial or personal information into e-mails, websites, or pop-up windows put themselves and their institutions at risk.


If you received this message, please delete it immediately if you have not already done so. This message did NOT come from Information Services. We will never require you to update or validate your account.

If you inadvertently clicked a link and entered your credentials, please change your password right away to something you have not used recently:

Go to the Information Services homepage at and click "Change Password" in the Quicklinks on the right side


See the Phishing Resources page.

Please contact the IT Support Centre if you require assistance:
Phone 306-585-4685

In person at ED 137 or Archer Library Main Floor Commons