On June 10, 2020 a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “Urgent request” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.
The email appears to have been sent by “Barbara A. Osborne,” and asks the recipient “Available? cell phone number?”
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 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about phishing attacks and how to avoid getting caught:
- Phishing: Fraudulent Emails, Text Messages & Phone Calls
- Protect Yourself Against Phishing & Identity Theft
- See the Latest Phishing Scams on Campus