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Security Alert! "University Retirement" and "Life Benefit Enrollment" Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community

June 24, 2022

A new fraudulent phishing message titled "University of Massachusetts Amherst Retirement Education" began targeting UMass Amherst email users. The email appears to be sent by "," and claims to be in regard to "Life Benefit Enrollment Meetings."

Caution: This email did not come from the University of Massachusetts
Neither organization is affiliated with, or endorsed by, the University of Massachusetts, MA State Retirement Board, MA Group Insurance Commission or MA Department of Higher Education.

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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 and supplied your personal information, or something else of value, 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: