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Security Threat: Gift Card Scams

February 19, 2019

Gift cards are a popular and convenient gift. Recently, they have also become a popular way for scammers to steal money from you. Please remember that gift cards are for gifts, not payments, and that anyone who demands payment by gift card is a scammer.

To recognize and avoid gift card scams, remember these indicators:

UPDATE: New Microsoft Exchange email throttling policy goes into effect Tues., February 19

February 19, 2019

Update:

The implementation of the Microsoft Exchange email throttling measure has been rescheduled from Tuesday, February 12 to Tuesday, February 19.


Originally published 2/5/2019:

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, a new email throttling measure goes into effect, restricting the number of outgoing emails from an account to 2,500 emails a day.

Adobe Software Available at No Cost to Faculty & Staff Under New Contract

February 15, 2019

Under a new university-wide contract, departments, faculty, staff, and graduate students (GEO members only) can obtain Adobe software (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) at no additional cost for two computers directly from the Adobe website.

Undergraduate students, non-GEO graduate students, faculty, and staff can purchase Adobe software at a fraction of the retail price from Adobe's Students and Teachers program.

Network Connectivity Issues - Wed., 2/13

February 13, 2019

UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) is aware of reports of connectivity issues in the center of campus. We are currently investigating these issues and will provide updates as soon as they become available.

Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions or are experiencing issues connecting to campus networks, please contact IT User Services at 413-545-TECH (8324) or it@umass.edu.

Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Tuesday, 2/12

February 12, 2019

On February 12, 2019, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "New Message" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by "Kim Graves," notifies the recipient “Kim Graves has shared a file with you," and contains web links to "View." The links in the message direct the recipient to a fraudulent version of a 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 personal information or other things of value.