USI reminds students and employees to beware of cyber criminals who are out to steal money and personal information.
Criminals are aware that many people are doing the following actions
Sending or Expecting packages
Looking for ways to save/earn money
Scammers/Phishers are attacking by email and telephone - and are targeting college students.
How to spot a Scam:
*When deciphering email addresses – pay the MOST attention to the part of the email address AFTER the @. @Paypall.com is not PayPal. Neither is @paypay.com
Victim receives a phone call from the “IRS”, “Law Enforcement”,”911”, or the “Bank”.
It is actually a scammer that has manipulated the caller-ID on your phone.
The scammer might say:
-Your vehicle was caught running a red light by a traffic camera
-You failed to appear for jury duty
-You did not pay your taxes on time
The victim is then instructed to send a payment immediately to avoid court or jail time.
If you do get a suspicious call, report it to https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information#crnt
* Do not automatically return a missed phone call. A scammer could be luring you into dialing a number that charges excessive fees.
“Work from home for $1000/week”
“You will fail my class if you don’t go to my webpage”
“Click here to verify your account”
The Phisher is attempting to get you to click a link, download an attachment or give out personal or financial information.