*** IT Service Announcement (New Email Phishing Scam – Fraudulent employment offers) ***

Greeting RCTC Students As the spring semester winds down, the Technology Support Center (TSC) Team would like to make RCTC Students aware that there has been an increase in the number of e-mail messages sent with fraudulent employment offers targeting students. These fake job offers are designed to trick anyone who replies to one of these messages by taking them through a multi-stage e-mail “hiring” process which eventually includes disclosure of highly sensitive personal information, such as social security and banking account numbers.  After being “hired”, the victim will be mailed a “certified check” to deposit and be asked to purchase items for the “employer” (such as gift cards).  The check is bogus and will bounce, but by the time the victim knows that, it will be too late; plus, the victim has disclosed all of the information needed to perform additional identity theft.  This looks to be a new “twist” on the old “check-kiting” scams that were popular decades ago. Here is an image of a sample fraudulent employment offer e-mail: As a student at RCTC, you use your College-issued email account to communicate with the RCTC campus community, however email is the most common way hackers use to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information. They do this by tricking people into thinking a fraudulent email message is from a legitimate person or organization, and convince you to reply back and will eventually ask you to supply sensitive information such as a password, phone number, bank account number, or social security number. Often the scam message will create a sense of urgency for you to respond to a job offer or free gift while there is still time, or the scam message may want you to click on a link to go to a webpage to reset your password. Again, there will be a sense of urgency created for you to respond to the message. Remember: always be very careful when someone contacts you from an address you were not expecting (especially with an offer of employment, a free prize, your password has expired, etc., asks for your personal information, or for you to send them money)–it is most likely a SCAM! Most legitimate companies and organizations will never ask for your personal information through email. If you receive any suspicious email in your RCTC email inbox, do not respond or click on links! Please report it by sending an email to tech.help@rctc.edu and one of the TSC Team Members will follow up with you. Thank you. Technology Support Center ============================================================= IT Service Alerts and Updates are announcements sent to the Campus Community concerning potential or existing technology-related issues. Please communicate your questions or concerns to the Technology Support Center via: email: tech.help@rctc.edu  

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