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Phishing and Fraud Warning

Each one of us needs to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure.  Here are some helpful reminders from the Post University IT Team to avoid phishing and fraud.  Scammers can attempt to send a message to either your personal or Post student email accounts.

Phishing messages may attempt to steal your password, banking information, credit card number, social security number, birth date, and other types of personal data.  Scam messages may try to attempt to lure you into a scenario where the sender will attempt to steal money from you.

Phishing examples:

  • Warning that your account will be canceled and will ask you to click a link to verify it.
  • Claims your account is past due or expiring soon and will ask you to click a link to make a payment. These will often reference popular services such as iTunes, Netflix, Comcast, etc.
  • Alerts that your OneDrive/Dropbox/Google account is over the size limit

Scam examples:

  • Work from home jobs
  • Mystery shopper jobs
  • Online surveys
  • Western Union money transfers
  • IRS action against you due to nonpayment of taxes
  • Legal action by the government being brought against you for a crime
  • A warning that you were caught doing something embarrassing or private, these emails often have your password in the subject or body of the email
  • Any message that asks you to do something like depositing a check into your bank account, asks you for your bank routing information, wants you to pay the sender in Bitcoin, asks for payment in gift cards or asks you to perform any action on their behalf such as purchasing/shipping products

Please be wary of the emails you receive.  If it sounds too good to be true or sounds like a threat it is more than likely a scam.  And please remember the Post IT Team will never ask you for your password.  If you have any questions please reach out to your Academic/Student Success Counselor and they will be happy to help.