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Security Alert! Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community

February 16, 2017

On February 15th and 16th , 2017, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Unusual IP Activity" began targeting UMass Amherst email users. 

The email appears to have been sent by "The Webmail account team," notifies recipients that “We detected Someone just tried to sign  in into your web mail account from other IP address," contains a link and asks them to click on the link to “Verify Now.”

The web link in the email to a page where visitors are prompted to enter their username and password.

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

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

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

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