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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Tues., 3/31

March 31, 2020

On March 31, 2020, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject " Moodle Access" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “Alan Manuel,” notifies the recipient “This email has been sent to notify you that your access to the Moodle will soon expire.” and contains a link “Activate Your Access.” The link in the message directs the user to a fraudulent 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 Amherst 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, change your IT Account password in SPIRE immediately, then please notify us at 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 landing page:

Screenshot of the aforementioned phishing scam landing page.