I got this email from our tech guy the other day (I added the italics for emphasis):
Staff, there is a phishing email going around again, something like what is below Please do not respond to this. There were several in the district who did respond and it ended up getting Granite District email kicked off places like Hotmail, MSN, Yahoo and others.
Dear Account User
This is to inform you that you have exceeded your E-mail Quota Limit and you need to increase your E-mail Quota Limit because in less than 96 hours your E- mail Account will be disabled.Increase your E-mail Quota Limit and continue to use your Webmail Account. To increase your E-mail Quota Limit to 2.7GB, Fill in your Details as below and send to the E-mail Quota Webmaster by CLICKING REPLY:
DATE OF BIRTH:
Thank you for your understanding and corporation in helping us give you the Best of E-mail Service.
I thought we’d gotten to the point where every freaking adult that uses the internet knew, but seems not. NEVER send personal information over the internet unless you are 100% sure you know who it is going to. Email providers, banks, credit card companies and even blog, online picture and other service providers will never send you an email asking for this. They are ALWAYS frauds.
A good way to have dealt with this would have been to take the time to go to the email service providers homepage, on your own and not through a link on the email, and ask them what is going on. If you initiate the conversation you can almost always trust any emails that result from that conversation. NEVER trust an email that initiates this kind of issue.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.