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Beware of new email scam targeting students

Student News | Monday, June 1, 2020

Information Security Officer Ben Dalton cautions Columbus State students to beware of scams claiming to be from the “Financial Department” of the College. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of students with ramped up phishing attempts.

Scammers use email to trick you into clicking on a link to get a message about your COVID-19 economic stimulus check. The link needs to be opened through a portal link requiring your college login. Don’t do it. It’s a phishing scam. If you enter your information onto the portal, you could be giving your username, password, or other personal information to scammers.

Scammers use email to trick you into giving them your personal information. They may try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security number. If they get that information, they could gain access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day—and they’re often successful.

Scammers often update their tactics, but there are some signs that will help you recognize a phishing email or text message.

Facts about phishing emails:

1. May look like they are from a company you know or trust

2. Often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment

3. May request you to log in to check your account

4. Contain bad grammar and spelling can be a tip-off

5. May have EXTERNAL in the subject line

If you get a suspicious or phishing email, report it.  Email or call the IT Support Center at 614-287-5050


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