On April 15, 2017, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Umass Office of Information Technologies" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.
The email, which appears to have been sent by "Umass Team <firstname.lastname@example.org>," notifies recipients that “your Umass account is not found on our data profile" and "to avoid the disabling of your account [...], please kindly act fast [...]." The web link in the email directs recipients to a fraudulent login page that uses the UMass Amherst branding.
Caution: This email did not come from the University of Massachusetts. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into providing your NetID password to get access to your personal information for fraudulent purposes.
Do not respond to the fraudulent message or click the link! Responding or clicking the link in the message may put your information and the university's information and systems at risk.
If you have already responded to the message, change your IT Account password in SPIRE immediately.
For more information about this phishing scam or to learn more about what you can do to protect yourself, see the News section of the UMass Amherst IT website. Please report suspicious messages to email@example.com.
When receiving suspicious messages or messages from unknown senders, we recommend that you:
• Report these messages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about phishing attacks and how to avoid getting caught:
- Phishing: Fraudulent Emails, Text Messages & Phone Calls
- Protect Yourself Against Phishing & Identity Theft
- See the Lastest Phishing Scams on Campus