Phishing attempt on May 6

We are receiving phishing emails such as this one.

Subject: Messages on hold for

Messages on hold for enter here to read.

Please do not respond. You may forward it to


FTC Releases Alert on Tech-Support Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on tech-support themed telephone scams. In these schemes, fraudulent callers claim to be from legitimate technical support organizations and offer to fix computer problems that don't exist. Users should not give control of their computers to anyone who calls offering to "fix" a problem.

Dropbox Invoice Phishing Warning: Friday, March 25 2016

If you receive an email that looks like the following, do not reply or click the link. Delete the email. If you did click the link and enter your Amherst username and password, try to change your Amherst password immediately. If you can't, please contact AskIT.

Do You Use BitTorrent? Ransomware for OS X Found in BitTorrent Client Installer

A BitTorrent client installer for Mac OS X has been infected with ransomware. The specific software affected is the open source project known as "Transmission," which is used to download files using the BitTorrent protocol. The ransomware is named "KeRanger," and it encrypts files on the host computer before requesting $400.00 to unlock affected files. If you use Transmission on Mac OS X, the safest thing to do is to drag the application from the Applications folder to the Trash, empty the Trash, and restart the computer.

Windows computer users - problems with Office 2013 (Outlook, Word, and Excel)?

A recent Microsoft update KB3114717 is causing Microsoft Office 2013 versions of Word , Excel and Outlook to freeze or run slowly for Windows computer users. Microsoft has now pulled this update so your computer may not have received it.

If you have Office 2013 and are experiencing problems such as significant slowness or unresponsiveness using Word, Excel and/or Outlook, the fix for now is to uninstall the update. You can safely remove the update.

Instructions to check for and as needed remove the update:

Don't Fall Prey to Phishing Attempts: January 27 and 28, 2016

Most of the campus has received the following email, purportedly sent from an Amherst account. The message is a phishing attempt and should be ignored.

Dear email user,

Your Email account has exceeded
its limit and needs to be verified, if not verified
within 24 hours, we shall suspend your account.
Click the link below to verify your email account now

Click here to update

Thank you.

Phishing Email Arrived Over the Weekend

Several students, faculty, and staff have received the message below, or a similar message, over the weekend. Please make sure to not visit the link provided in the message and to delete the message, if you receive it. If you visited the link and you signed in using your Amherst College credentials, please reset your password by visiting

Where to Find Senior Faculty Course Evaluations

Students should log onto their My Amherst pages. There, you will find a widget named Course Evaluations that contains links to the evaluations for your courses that are taught by senior faculty members.

"Emergency Notification" is a Phishing Attack

If you receive an email entitled "Emergency Notification" with a PDF attachment of the same name, simply delete the message. It is a phishing attack.