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Security Alert! New Phishing Scams Target UMass Amherst Community - Tues., 6/9

June 9, 2020

On June 9, 2020 two new fraudulent phishing messages began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

One email appears to have been sent by “Anna P. Massey” with the subject line “Quick request,” asking the recipient to “Send me your available text number that I can reach you at?” 

The other appears to have been sent by “Jerrold S. Meyer,” with the subject line "Urgent request,” and asks the recipient “Available? cell phone number?”

Caution: These emails 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 or click the link! Responding or opening any attachments from the sender 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: 


Fraudulent message:

Screenshot of the aforementioned phishing scam message.

A screenshot of the  phishing message in question from  Jerrold S. Meyer