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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Mon., 3/26

March 26, 2018

On March 26, 2018, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Re: Your Application" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by "University of Massachusetts," claims to be sent by a doctor from the department of Disability Resources and Educational Services with a job offer, and contains web links to "Apply for this Job." The links in the message direct the recipient to a fraudulent version of a UMass web page asking for contact information.

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.

If you have already responded to the message, change your IT Account password in SPIRE immediately. Please report suspicious messages to itprotect@umass.edu.


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 itprotect@umass.edu.

Learn more about phishing attacks and how to avoid getting caught: 


Phishing message

Phishing example that appears to have been sent by 'University of Massachusetts'