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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Monday, 7/22

July 22, 2019

On July 22, 2019, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “UMass -Admin" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by "Venega, Rodrigo Alejandro," notifies the recipient “You have a pending message”, and contains a web link labeled "click Here." 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. 

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:

Message from 'Venega, Rodrigo Alejandro'

Fraudulent login page:

Fake UMass login page with a weebly.com url