Phishing scheme targeting UMass Amherst community

Anyone who has responded to the messages should change the password to their IT accounts immediately.

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass Police are warning the university community about a new email phishing scheme. The fake email is sent from payroll services with the subject line “Your Record Updated – IMPORTANT”.

Police are telling recipients to not respond to the message or click the link, because it isn’t actually from the university. They say it is a scheme designed to trick students or faculty into providing personal information. Anyone who’s already responded should immediately change the password to their UMass Amherst IT account.

For more information about what students and faculty can do to protect themselves, visit UMass Amherst IT website. Please report suspicious messages to