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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Target UMass Amherst Community - Thurs., 8/6

August 6, 2020

On August 6, 2020 a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “Quick response” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “Barbara Krauthamer,” and asks the recipient to “Send me your available text number I can reach you at.”

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.

For more information about this phishing scam or to learn more about what you can do to protect yourself, see the News section of the UMass Amherst IT website. Please report suspicious messages to 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.