New scams surfacing; students being targeted
We have received numerous reports of scammers targeting CU students or ‘phishing.’ One scam is an email offer to “work from home” involving up-front payment checks that don’t end up clearing after being deposited. Another attack seeks personal information such as the last four digits of the victim’s social security number and home address.
Some of the spammers are sending email appeals to students through their University-issued email accounts. Some of these phishing attempts are set up to ‘appear’ to come from the University of Colorado, CU Denver, or other variations of the University’s name.
The University does not provide student emails to these groups, and CU will never ask you to confirm any of your personal information via email or Facebook. If you do receive any such email requests, EVEN IF they appear to be from the university, do not give personal information, and please, forward suspected spam email to email@example.com.
DON’T BE FOOLED
Before you click on any link in an email, use your mouse to hover over the link, if it doesn’t show a ucdenver.edu URL, don’t click on it! Beware of links to other web sites that contain UCDenver in them, but actually are not a ucdenver.edu site or address.
Here are some additional considerations:
-Be cautious if an online/email job posting claims “no experience necessary.”
-Be cautious of exaggerated claims of possible earnings or profits.
-Beware when money is required up front for instructions or products.
-Do not give your Social Security number when first interacting with your prospective employer.
-Be wary when replying to unsolicited e-mails for work-at-home employment.
-Research the company to ensure it is authentic.
More information regarding phishing is available from the CU Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus Information Technology Services Team at: http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/departments/ITS/NetworkSecurity/Pages/Phishing-Advisories.aspx.
Remember: hover over the link before clicking!