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Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 06/22/2012

The Post wants to publish my Vimeo clips? Really?

In a word: No. As much as we like your Vimeo videos, we’re not offering to publish or purchase them.

Spammers appear to be posing as journalists from The Washington Post and sending e-mails to users of the video-sharing site Vimeo. In those e-mails they’re offering to run the videos on washingtonpost.com.

These e-mails are not coming from the Post. No one on our staff is seeking any information regarding Vimeo videos.

We are currently investigating the situation, as is Vimeo.

A Vimeo spokesperson issued this statement:

“We became aware of phishing attempts earlier today.  Third parties have copied Vimeo’s email template and have been using that template to send phishing emails to many persons including persons who do not have Vimeo accounts.  The third parties appear to be based outside of the United States.  Importantly, however, there has been no security breach at Vimeo and the responsible third parties are not using Vimeo’s servers or database of emails to send these emails.  We have informed users that this is happening and have instructed them not to respond to the emails.  We are also reaching out to email providers whose domains appear to be targeted to block these emails.”

Vimeo is collecting reports of suspicious e-mails here: http://vimeo.com/forums/help/topic:42212

We urge you to exercise caution before clicking on any links in the e-mail or providing any information in response to it.

We appreciate the many loyal Post users who have reached out to bring this matter to our attention.

Andrew Pergam is the Post’s director of video. You can follow him on Twitter @pergam. You can follow the Post video team @postvideo.

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