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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Thurs., 8/16

August 16, 2018

On August 16, 2018, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Fwd: [Share-file] Kumble R. Subbaswamy Shared An Urgent Document with you" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy,” notifies the recipient that they are receiving an important document and contains web links to “Important document.” The links in the message direct the recipient to a fraudulent login page asking for email accounts and passwords.

Caution: This email did not come from the University of Massachusetts. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into providing your personal information. 

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 itprotect@umass.edu.


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 itprotect@umass.edu.

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


Phishing message

phishing message claiming to come from chancellor subbaswamy, asking the recipient to click a hidden link

Fraudulent login page

a non-umass login page with an address including a long string of letters and numbers