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Security Alert! New Phishing Scams Target UMass Amherst Community - Mon., 5/18

May 18, 2020

On May 17 & 18, 2020, new fraudulent phishing messages began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

One involved an email appearing to have been sent by “Francis Riley” or “Tyrone Parham,” and asked the recipient “are you free now?”

In another phishing message, an email entitled “Quick Response” appeared to have been sent by “Julie Hayes,” "Anna Maria Siega-Riz," or "John Hird," and asked the recipient “are you available right now?”.

Caution: These emails did not come from the University of Massachusetts. They are phishing scams 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 messages or click any links! Responding or opening any attachments from the sender(s) may put your information and the university's information and systems at risk.

If you have already responded to one of these messages, change your IT Account password in SPIRE immediately, then 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: 

Fraudulent messages:

Screenshot of the body of the phishing message.

Screenshot of the phishing message

Screenshot of the phishing message