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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Thurs., 1/11

January 11, 2018

On January 11, 2018, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "You Have {1} New Important Message" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by "UMass Amherst <>” and contains the text "Logon in to your UMass Amherst Office 365 Email to verify your mail to view incoming message" with a link titled "CLICK TO VERIFY."  The link in the message directs the recipient to a fraudulent version of the Office 365 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 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.

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: 

Phishing message:

Email message not sent from a trusted umass address, requesting the recipient to click a link which is not displayed. The link directs to a fake Office login page.

A fake Office login page. The web address is not a trusted UMass address.