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Security Alert! New Phishing Scams Target UMass Amherst Community - Mon., 8/10

August 10, 2020

On August 10, 2020, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject "Important Notice" began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email claims to be sent by either "Assistive Technology Center" or "Allison Neher," notifies the recipient "You have (2) new notification from Microsoft," and contains a link to "CLICK HERE to extend your account."

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

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

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 message:

Email claiming to come from assistive technology center

Fraudulent login page:

Fake microsoft onedrive login page