University Employee Payroll Scam
The FBI released a public service announcement regarding an internet scam directed towards employees of universities.
It involves fraudulent e-mails that claim to be from the human resource department, and contains a link. The context of the email generally says that the employee needs to see their status changes.
The link goes to a website that is similar to the legitimate site. It requires the employee to sign-in with their credentials. Once the employee signs-in, the perpetrator takes that information and uses it to sign into the real human resource site. The perpetrator then changes direct deposit information to redirect the employee’s paycheck to another person involved in the scam.
There have also been fraudulent tax returns filed in the names of university professors.
The FBI provides the following tips:
Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses. Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
Roll your cursor over the links received via e-mail and look for inconsistencies. If it is not the website the e-mail claims to be directing you to then the link is to a fraudulent site.
Never provide credentials of any sort via e-mail. This includes after clicking on links sent via e-mail. Always go to an official website rather than from a link sent to you via e-mail.
Contact your personnel department if you receive suspicious e-mail.
If you have been a victim of this scam, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov. Reference I-011315b-PSA in your complaint.
University students are also being targeted with a scam that reroutes their reimbursement money to other bank accounts. If you or someone you know is in college and receiving student loans, please click on the link for information.