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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Friday, 4/3

April 3, 2020

On April 3, 2020 a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “Urgent” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by either “Mike Malone” or “Jim Ayres” and informs the recipient “I have an assignment I need you to do for me."

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:

message claiming to be sent by christine burnett