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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Wed., 7/1

July 1, 2020

On July 1, 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 Zecchi,” and asks the recipient “Available?”

Caution:This email did not come from the University of Massachusetts. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into providing your personal information or other things of value. 

Do not respond to the fraudulent message!  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.