Hey college students: even though you’re likely far from campus, scammers are still trying to find you.
Maybe you or your friends have gotten an email claiming to be from the “Financial Department” of your university. The email tells you to click on a link to get a message about your COVID-19 economic stimulus check — and it needs to be opened through a portal link requiring your university login. Don’t do it. It’s a phishing scam. If you click to “log in,” you could be giving your user name, password, or other personal information to scammers, while possibly downloading malware onto your device.
How can you spot and avoid scams like these? Before you click on a link or share any of your sensitive information:
If you spot something that looks like a phishing scam, report it. Forward the message to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (an organization which includes ISPs, security vendors, ﬁnancial institutions, and law enforcement agencies) at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also report phishing to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.