We received a head’s up from a Unit Owner, who received the following e-mail message, which appears to be from RCN but it is not. It sounds official, and contains a dire warning – which it is our understanding is all nonsense. The e-mail this Owner received is as follows:
“Dear Rcn.com User,
Due to the congestion in all rcn.com users you need to update your account with our released F-Secure Internet Security 2015 new version of a standard resource to avoid spam and viruses.
If you have not upgraded your account, reply and fill in the columns below to send it back to us for fast update of our database account instantly.
Warning: Lack of update will process your rcn.com mail account being temporarily blocked or prevented from our network and may not be able to receive or send e-mail due to the update.
You are officially inform to send us the below information via email below.
CONFIRM YOUR E-MAIL IDENTITY BELOW:
Confirm Email Pass-W0RD:
Click on reply and send us the above details.
Warning Code: rcn.R2AMOLW:
Rcn.com Account Services.
© 2015 Rcn.com Communications Corporation. All rights reserved.”
This is very likely an attempt to steal the recipients identify or at the very least wreak havoc with your computer. It is possible that such an e-mail we go to other exchanges as well – such as “gmail.com” – not just RCN. We have seen similar messages before – purportedly with messages from RCN. However, RCN advised us this has nothing to do with them. And in general, whether from RCN or anyone else, it is never wise to respond to any e-mails even remotely similar, which request such personal information and particularly logins and passwords.
We advise residents ignore and delete any such messages.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.