On February 6, 2018, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Final Account Upgrade Notification" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.
The email appears to have been sent by "UMass Amherst <email@example.com>," notifies the recipient "Your UMass Amherst Account service is currently out-dated and some of your incoming & outgoing messages status already showing pending in our server," and contains a button to "Click here to verify."
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 and/or UMass information technology services 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.
When receiving suspicious messages or messages from unknown senders, we recommend that you:
- Verify the identity of anyone who requests your personal information. Never provide financial data or other personal information in response to an email or on an untrusted site or form.
- 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 Latest Phishing Scams on Campus