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2014-05-06, 1800 hours - Cyber Scam Alert

The following public service announcement was issued by the Internet Crime Complaint Center on 5 May 2014:

CYBER-RELATED SCAMS TARGETING UNIVERSITIES, EMPLOYEES, AND STUDENTS
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is aware of multiple scams targeting universities, university employees, and students across the nation. The scams range from Internet fraud to intrusions. The following are common scenarios:

  • Spear phishing emails are being sent to university employees that appear to be from their employer. The email contains a link and claims some type of issue has risen requiring them to enter their log-in credentials. Once employees provide their user name and password, the perpetrator accesses the university’s computer system to redirect the employees’ payroll allocation to another bank account. The university employees’ payroll allocations are being deposited into students’ accounts. These students were hired through online advertisements for work-at-home jobs, and provided their bank account information to the perpetrators to receive payment for the work they performed.
  • Scammers are posting online advertisements soliciting college students for administrative positions in which they would receive checks via the mail or e-mail. Students are directed to deposit the checks into their accounts, and then print checks and/or wire money to an individual. Students are never asked to provide their bank account information to the perpetrators.
  • Perpetrators are compromising students’ credential resulting in the rerouting of their reimbursement money to other bank accounts. The reimbursement money is from student loans and used to pay tuition, books, and living expenses.
  • Perpetrators are obtaining professors’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and using it to file fraudulent income tax returns.

Please be aware of online advertisements, or email messages you receive. If the email seems unusual or refers to something that you are not familiar with – do not click on links or open attachments.

1.  DO NOT reply to the message
2.  DO NOT click on any links
3.  DO NOT provide the sender with any username, password or personal information
4.  DELETE the message
5.  NEVER provide your personal information to anyone

Should you have any questions please contact the Help Desk at Help@vmi.edu or call 7643.