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Protect Your Identity & Information!
As the new year starts, please be mindful that scammers always try and take every opportunity to steal your information or money. With the start of this new year and the looming tax season around the corner, please be on the lookout for scams pretending to be IRS or employers promising easy money for a few hours of work. The former scam usually attempts to scare you into providing money to the scammers or tricks you into providing your information with promises of tax return rewards. The latter scam tricks you into providing your information or depositing fraudulent checks with promises of an easy, no interview required job. To avoid falling victim to scams, please remember the following tips:
- If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is not true.
- If an email asks you for your personal information such as SSN, driver’s license number, birth date, or username and password, then it is probably a scam.
- If an email asks you to click on a link, hover your mouse over the link to see its true destination before clicking.
- Always question emails and links that ask you to provide your logon credentials or personal information, ensure you are at the correct site.
- Check the sender’s email address, make sure the sender is using a legit email address.
- Question emails that try to convey a sense of urgency.
- Avoid providing personal information to others, even if the information is as benign as your pet’s name or birth date, as these information can potentially be used to steal your identity.
Visit phishing.vcu.edu to view what scams have been reported, learn more information on scams, and what you need to know to avoid them. Remember, report any suspicious emails or communication to email@example.com so others in the VCU community will not get scammed.