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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Monday, 2/17

February 17, 2020

On February 17, 2020, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “Important Email Notice” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “University of Regina,” notifies the recipient “This is to inform that we are upgrading all users of web mail. database for better performance. please click the URL below and login for the upgrade. if you fail to do so.your webmail will be inactive,” and contains a link. The link in the message directs the user to a fraudulent login>

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! 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 and supplied your personal information, or something else of value, please notify us at

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:

A screenshot of the aforementioned phishing message.

Phishing landing page:

A screenshot of the phishing landing page, which poorly attempts to recreate an IT page.