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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Friday, October 2

October 2, 2020

On October 2, 2020 a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “UMASS STUDENT EPLOYMENT” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by either “Paul Garrison,” or "Micheal Brown," but later refers to themselves as “Prof Jenny Adams” and instructs the recipient to “contact the human resource department via this e-mail address."

Caution: This email is not a legitimate communication 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 Amherst 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

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:

Message claiming to be from UMass Student Employment, but it's actually from a gmail address