Phishing Alert: Pension Assistance for University of Michigan Personnel

Some U-M community members reported receiving this email. It is fraudulent or malicious. Do not respond, click any link in it, or provide personal information or money. See Phishing & Scams for more tips. If you need help, contact the ITS Service Center.

Date Sent: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Misleading Message Summary

This email implies that the sender has a relationship with the University of Michigan. This is not true. The sender represents an outside entity. The disclaimer "All licensed representatives are not employees of the college or the retirement system" is a sign that this is not from U-M or a U-M affiliate. If you have questions about U-M retirement programs, start with the U-M Human Resources site. 

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Note that names and links have been removed from the example for privacy and security.

Employee [Name],

Each year, as an employee of University of Michigan you are eligible to schedule a phone call, teleconference, or in-person meeting off campus with a representative for answers to your specific state, federal and individual retirement benefit questions.

At your consultation, you will be provided with information that will tell you:

  •     What your expected income will be from your pension when you retire.
  •     How much longer you will have to work.
  •     How you can save more money for retirement, without affecting your take home pay.
  •     Which 403(b)/401(a) options have Guaranteed income when you retire.

Please be sure to indicate which type of appointment you prefer (off-campus, phone call, or teleconference) in the notes section while scheduling. Please also include your direct cell phone number.

Appointments fill up quickly. If you’d like to secure your spot, click on the link below, or simply reply “yes” to this email.


All licensed representatives are not employees of the college or the retirement system.

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