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University Employee Payroll Scam

The FBI has released an alert that University employees across the US may be receiving fraudulent emails indicating a change in their human resource status. The email provides a link and asks the employee to log in to a website that looks much like the legitimate site. The scammers then capture credentials, log in to the official HR site and redirect the employee paycheck to the bank account of the scammer.  The FBI provided the following tips on how to protect yourself from this scam:

  • Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses. Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
  • Roll your cursor over the links received via e-mail and look for inconsistencies. If it is not the website the e-mail claims to be directing you to then the link is to a fraudulent site.
  • Never provide credentials of any sort via e-mail. This includes after clicking on links sent via e-mail. Always go to an official website rather than from a link sent to you via e-mail.
  • Contact your personnel department if you receive suspicious e-mail.

Click here to view the FBI announcement.

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