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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Friday, 2/22

February 22, 2019

On February 22, 2019, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "[IMPORTANT]: Employment Document Verification" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by "Office of the Registrar," notifies the recipient "As we are heading towards the end of the year, we are putting in place employee verification’s," and contains a PDF attachment. The attachment in the message asks for the recipient’s password.

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 resources for fraudulent purposes.
Do not respond to the fraudulent message or open the attachment! Responding or opening the attachment 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

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

Phishing message:

email message from 'Office of the Registrar' with an attached pdf