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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Wednesday, 10/30

October 30, 2019

On October 30, 2019, a new fraudulent phishing message began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email is sent by a person posing as an executive on campus, and asks the recipient if they are free or available to perform an action for them.

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! Responding 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

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

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

Phishing message:

Screenshot of the October 30 phishing message, requesting that users reply to the message sent by a false account.