Thursday, January 3, 2019

Phishing Email/Scams Circulating on campus Re: Job Offer/Bitcoin Scam

Beware of “Job Offer” or “Bitcoin” email scams circulating on campus.  This scam is mainly targeting students, however, it is possible that others on campus are receiving it as well.

The scam gets students to upload their resumes to a job site and then they are contacted by potential “employers” offering them a job.  All they need to do is deposit money into their bank account, withdraw the money, purchase bitcoins and then send the bitcoins to another account. As part of this scam, students are able to keep a “commission” from the money deposited into their account.  After a few deposits made by the student, the bank realizes that the money is fraudulent and freezes the student’s account.   This is a scam and the email should be deleted immediately.

Do not respond to the message, do not click on links within the body of the message, and do not provide your name, or email address.

If you have already responded to this email, please contact the ITS Service Desk immediately.

Be wary of unsolicited email that asks for personal information, or tries to convince you to click on a web link to update personal information or to send money.  These are often phishing emails/scams.

How can you tell if an email is a phishing/scam attempt?

Asks to send money/or other form of money such as Bitcoin, gift cards, cheques, etc.
Many scams revolve around cashing bad or forged cheques.
It asks you for your password or directs you to a webform asking for your password
The subject line is in all caps
There is a call for immediate action – “download this now” or “confirm you email identity now” or “click on the link below”
There are spelling or grammatical errors in the email
Sounds to good to be true, it probably is…

Please visit our IT security page for more tips on protecting yourself online

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