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Security Alert! New Phishing Scams Target UMass Amherst Community - Tues., 8/11

August 11, 2020

On August 11, 2020, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “Important Info” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email claims to be sent by “Lauren Mahoney AF” notifies the recipient “Lauren Mahoney sent you a document”, and contains a link to “Review Document.”

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 clicking the link in the message 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.

Fraudulent login page:

A screenshot of the fake landing page