“I have a lucrative job opportunity for you! I’d like to pay you $500 a week to be my personal assistant.”

Does this sound familiar? With the return of students and staff to campus, we have seen a massive uptick in the number of scams targeting our community members. Unfortunately, scams and fraud are a lucrative business for the perpetrators. The FBI tracked more than $3.5 billion dollars in losses to businesses and individuals in 2019 alone.

To help you protect yourself, I’d like to share a few of the most common scams we are seeing on campus:

  1. A person pretending to be a boss, coworker, instructor, or a person in a position of authority. The individual will create a fake email address and pose as the authority figure before asking you to purchase gift cards and send them the codes. If you receive an email like this, always ensure you connect with the person over the phone or in person to determine if it…

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