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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Monday., 6/11

June 11, 2018

On June 11, 2018, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Notification systems" began targeting UMass Amherst email users. 

The email appears to have been sent by “Margara Russotto," notifies the recipient "In addition to the enhanced firewall service and data protection of the university community, our exchange Email server has moved," and contains three links (two displayed as false web addresses, and one titled "All retails can be found here").
The links in the message direct the user to a fraudulent 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 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

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

Fraudulent URL and login page