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Concerning Job Scams

Holidays and long weekends attempt to catch users off guard

Over the weekend the Division of Information Technology has gotten reports of several job scams sent to users by email. These scams promise good pay for minimal effort, usually at home on your own schedule. The scams will ask for your information, including:
  • name and full address
  • cell phone number and personal email address
  • in some cases your resume
  • banking or credit card information
  • passport information and/or social security number (SSN)
This information can be used to impersonate you by opening credit in your name, or simply to drain the finances from your current accounts. Users have also reported fake invoices from well known companies, as well as check or money order scams; both meant to trick people to send money directly to the scammers.

If you have received any suspicious emails asking for your personal information, even from someone appearing to be affiliated with UMBC, do not respond. Send the message to security@umbc.edu. We will help to verify the legitimacy of these messages. 

If you think that you are a victim of Identity theft, contact the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Protection at 410-528-8662 or visit https://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/CPD/default.aspx.

For more detailed information on prevention and resolution techniques, see https://itsecurity.umbc.edu/cyber-awareness/tips-to-avoid-identity-theft/.

Posted: June 20, 2023, 4:33 PM