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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Sat., September 26

September 28, 2020

On September 26, 2020 a new fraudulent phishing message began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “Ricardo B. Metz,” and informs the recipient “Please, I need your assistance urgently."

Caution: This email is not a legitimate communication 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 Amherst information technology services for fraudulent purposes.

RESOLVED: Login & Access Issues Reported: Office 365 Email, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive & Other Microsoft Online Services

September 28, 2020

11:45 p.m. Microsoft has resolved the login and access issues reported earlier. Please check social media and the Microsoft status pages for updates on service availability. 

5:45 p.m.

Starting at approximately 5:45 p.m. EST on Monday, September 28, Microsoft users worldwide, including our students, faculty, and staff, may not be able to access Microsoft online services, such as Office 365 email, calendaring, Microsoft Teams, or OneDrive. 

Microsoft is working to address this issue. For updates, see:

Security Alert! New Phishing Scams Target UMass Amherst Community - Thurs., September 24

September 25, 2020

On September 24, 2020 a new fraudulent phishing message began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by either “Rafael A. Fissore,” or "D. Joseph Jerry," and informs the recipient "please I need your assistance urgently."

Caution: This email is not a legitimate communication 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 Amherst information technology services for fraudulent purposes.

Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Thurs., September 24

September 24, 2020

On September 24, 2020 a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “Quick request” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “Jeffrey Hescock,” and asks the recipient if they are free or available to “do something” or perform an action for them.

Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Tuesday, 9/22

September 22, 2020

On September 22, 2020 a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Quick request" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “Ken Toong,” and informs the recipient to "Send me your available cell number."

Caution: This email is not a legitimate communication 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 Amherst information technology services for fraudulent purposes.

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