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Security Alert! Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community

May 30, 2017

On May 30, 2017, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Priority Alert: Dealing With 'WannaCrypt' Ransomware Attack" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email, which appears to have been sent by "IT Help Center," notifies recipients that “This is to update you of a global ransomeware attack known as 'WannaCrypt'" and contains a link that directs to a fraudulent version of the UMass login page.

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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