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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Wednesday., 2/21

February 21, 2018

On February 21, 2018, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "You have a Faculty message from your Department" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by "UMass Mail," notifies the recipient "You have a Faculty E-Learning message notification file from your Department," and contains web links to "SIGN IN HERE." The links in the message direct the recipient to a fraudulent version of a UMass login page.

Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Wednesday., 2/21

February 21, 2018

On February 21, 2018, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Support Ticket Opened [#00519803]" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by "McWorter, Gerald Arthur," notifies the recipient "A request for support has been created and assigned #00519803," and contains web links to "view this ticket’s progress online." The links in the message direct the recipient to a fraudulent version of a UMass login page.

UPDATE: Cellular Service Issues Resolved - Sat., 2/17

February 17, 2018

6:30 p.m.

Verizon reports that the service issues affecting some parts of campus earlier today have been resolved. Cellular service for Verizon subscribers should be restored.


11:00 a.m.

SPIRE Unavailable - Fri., 2/16 - Tues., 2/20

February 14, 2018

SPIRE, the student records system, will be unavailable between 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018, and 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, while UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) performs system maintenance. This necessary work will enable SPIRE to stay current with the latest features and updates from our software vendor and will help protect the system and its data against growing information security threats. 

During this time:

Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Wednesday., 2/14

February 14, 2018

On February 14, 2018, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Information" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by "UMassAmhers Support <mrobin495@yahoo.com>," notifies the recipient "You are required to Verify your UMassAmhers email account," and contains a link to "Verify Your Account Now." The link in the message directs the user to a fraudulent version of the UMass login page.