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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Tuesday, 10/15

October 15, 2019

On October 15, 2019, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Password Check Required Immediately" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by "Information Technology," notifies the recipient "As part of ongoing efforts to maintain regulatory compliance we have updated our password policy and we need everyone to check their password immediately to ensure that it meets our Minimum Security Requirements," and contains web links to “Check Password." 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 NetID password to get access to your personal information and/or UMass information technology services for fraudulent purposes.

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 'Information Technology'

 

Fraudulent login page:

Fraudulent login page using a forms.office.com url with a long string of characters