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Cyber-Related Scams Targeting University Students And Employees

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SPOKANE, Wash. - In Connect With Kleck, Dan Kleckner attempts to answer each person who contacts him on an individual basis. But he received so many emails about new scams targeting University and College students and employees that he just wanted to get this information out as quickly as possible, to as many people as possible. Dan contacted the Internet Crime Complaint Center to get details on these scams, which range from fraud to intrusions.

Spear phishing e-mails are being sent to university employees that appear to be from their employer. The e-mail contains a link and claims some type of issue has risen requiring them to enter their log-in credentials. Once employees provide their user name and password, the perpetrator accesses the university's computer system to redirect the employees' payroll allocation to another bank account. The university employees' payroll allocations are being deposited into students' accounts. These students were hired through online advertisements for work-at-home jobs, and provided their bank account information to the perpetrators to receive payment for the work they performed.

Scammers are posting online advertisements soliciting college students for administrative positions in which they would receive checks via the mail or e-mail. Students are directed to deposit the checks into their accounts, and then print checks and/or wire money to an individual. Students are never asked to provide their bank account information to the perpetrators.

Perpetrators are compromising students' credential resulting in the rerouting of their reimbursement money to other bank accounts. The reimbursement money is from student loans and used to pay tuition, books, and living expenses.

Perpetrators are obtaining professors' Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and using it to file fraudulent income tax returns.

Some universities have been victims of intrusions, resulting in the perpetrators being able to access university databases containing information on their employees and students.

If you have been a victim of one of these scams or any other Internet related scam, we encourage you to file a complaint with the IC3 at and notify your university police.

And if you have any questions, concerns or comments, Connect With Kleck! Dan is on Facebook at KHQ Dan Kleckner, and his email address is Dan@khq.com

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