FBI warning college students about a message sent to school email accounts

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University

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STILLWATER, Okla. – School leaders at a local university are warning students about two potential scams.

According to the FBI, college students across the country are being targeted to participate in work-from-home scams.

Students will receive an email recruiting them for payroll or human resource positions.

The position requires the student to provide a bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer a portion of the funds to another account.

The FBI warns that this is a scam and deals with stolen money. Participating could result in the student’s bank account being closed and they could face federal charges.

The second scam targets university employees.

Authorities say employees will receive fraudulent emails that indicate a change in their human resource status. They are required to log-in to a website to see the change.

However, the website given will steal the employee’s credentials.

Officials say the scam artist will take the credentials, log-in to the real human resources page and change the employee’s direct deposit information.

Now, the Oklahoma State University is warning students to always be cautious when their personal information is involved.

Here’s the official warning from the BBB:

How the Scam Works:

You receive an email to your school account offering you a job in a company’s payroll or human resources department. The work is simple. All you need to do is receive a “payroll deposit” from the company to your personal bank account. Then, you transfer the money to other accounts. It seems like an easy job for a busy student, and you are tempted to accept the offer.

Don’t do it! Not only is this “job” not what is seems, it’s actually a crime. If you take the position, you will be assisting cyber criminals in transferring stolen money. If you participate, your bank account will be flagged for criminal activity, and you could be prosecuted.

How to Spot a Job Scam: 

Watch out for these phrases: Scam ads or emails often contain the phrases “Teleworking OK,” “Immediate Start” and “No Experience Needed.” Watch out for ads that urge you to apply immediately.

Be very cautious of any job that asks you to share personal banking information. Scammers will often request banking info under the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit or, in this case, using your bank account to transfer funds.

Some positions are more likely to be scams: Always be wary of work from home, secret shopper positions or any job with a generic title, such as admin assistant or customer service representative. These often don’t require special training or licensing, so they appeal to a wide range of applicants.

If a job looks suspicious, search for it online. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam. Also, check the company’s job page to make sure the position is posted there.

Watch out for on-the-spot job offers. You may be an excellent candidate for the job, but beware of offers made without an interview. A real company will want to talk to a candidate before hiring him or her.

For More Information:

Read the full alert on the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center website. To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper.

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