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Be aware of Financial Aid phishing campaigns

Student News | Monday, October 5, 2020

Please be aware of a recent malicious phishing campaign that may lead to potential fraud associated with student refunds and aid distributions. This is especially vital if you receive any type of FAFSA assistance.

Scammers use email to trick you into giving them your personal information. They may try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. 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.

Phishing emails:

  • may indicate that immediate action is required
  • indicate your financial aid paperwork is incomplete, missing or needs updating
  • will request that you update your information
  • will create a sense of urgency - Claims that your financial aid will be canceled
  • may request registration, entry, or administration fees. Legitimate scholarship programs do not require upfront fees
  • soliciting your credit or bank account number
  • refuse to reveal name, address, or phone number

If you get any suspicious or phishing emails, report them.  Email or call the Columbus State IT Support Center at 614-287-5050.


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