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ITS Alert: Phishing scam targets students with job offer 01.20.17

Posted: 12:34:50, Friday, Jan 20, 2017   Expiration: 12:34:50, Friday, Jan 27, 2017  

The following phishing scam notice comes from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) on January 19, 2017.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert on employment scams targeting college students. Phony job opportunities are advertised via college employment websites or students’ university emails. Unfortunately, students who take the bait suffer financial losses.

Read full US-CERT article here: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/01/19/IC3-Warns-Employment-Scams-Targeting-College-Students
While this scam has not been reported on our campus yet, the threat is real.  Always maintain a healthy sense of paranoia about emails offering money, rewards, or easy opportunities.

Tips on how to protect yourself from this scam (from IC3.gov):

  • Never accept a job that requires depositing checks into your account or wiring portions to other individuals or accounts.
  • Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers. Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses.
  • Forward suspicious e-mails to the college’s IT personnel* and report to the FBI. Tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam.

If you have been a victim of this scam or any other Internet-related scam, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov and notify your campus police.

Read full IC3 article here: https://www.ic3.gov/media/2017/170118.aspx

Need a job?

UW-Platteville Student Employment Job Board includes both on- and off-campus opportunities

Other resources

General information and best practices for identifying and avoiding social engineering and phishing attacks:

Real-life examples of phishing attacks at UW-Platteville in this ITS Knowledge Base.

UW-Platteville's Information Security webpages at https://www.uwplatt.edu/its/information-security

*On the UW-Platteville campus, report suspicious emails to the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.1400.

-- UW Platteville: Deb Meyer

Created: 12:40:19, Friday, Jan 20, 2017 (by Deb M.)
Updated: 12:40:19, Friday, Jan 20, 2017 (by Deb M.)