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Security Alert! New Phishing Scams Target UMass Amherst Community - Weds., 10/21 & Thurs., 10/22

October 22, 2020

Two new fraudulent phishing messages began targeting members of the campus community.

  • On October 21, 2020, the email appears to have been sent by “Dr Andrew Mangels,” and instructs the recipient to “See attached.”
  • On October 22, 2020, the email appears to have been sent by “Anne Massey,” and asks the recipient “Are you free right now? I need you to do something for me.”

Caution: These emails are not legitimate communications from the University of Massachusetts. They are phishing scams 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 messages or click any links! Responding or clicking links in these messages 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: 


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