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Scams Targeting Staff and Students
The FBI recently released a nationwide public service announcement warning college/university staff and students of two prevalent scams.
Students nationwide have been targeted via their school e-mails in a “work-from-home” scam recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The “position” simply requires the student to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer a portion of the funds to another bank account. Learn more about this scam via the FBI website.
College/university staff nationwide have received fraudulent e-mails indicating a change in their human resource status. The e-mail contains a link directing the employee to login to their human resources website to identify this change. The website provided appears very similar to the legitimate site in an effort to steal the employee’s credentials. Once the employee enters his/her login information, the scammer takes that information and signs into the employee’s official human resources account to change the employee’s direct deposit information. Learn more about this scam via the FBI website.
Please forward any suspicious emails to the LIT help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam.
Tips on how to protect yourself from these scams:
- If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account and wiring them to different accounts.
- Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses. Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
- Never provide credentials of any sort via e-mail. This includes after clicking on links sent via e-mail. Always go to an official website rather than from a link sent to you via e-mail.
- Never provide credentials of any kind such as bank account information, login names, passwords, or any other identifying information in response to a recruitment e-mail.