Security Tip of the Week

Beware the Mobile Deposit Scam

April 8th, Tip of the Week  |

As the end of the academic year approaches, bad actors are using the fake promise of internships, paid research and/or summer jobs to lure students into falling for a mobile check deposit scam. The hoax is initiated through phishing messages found in emails and on social media.

ITS was made aware of a recent phishing post on a Facebook group for W&L parents advertising a paid research opportunity “sponsored” by the Department of Economics. A few suspicious things stand out about this phish. It emphasized a clear sense of urgency to fill the position right away. The notice was sent from outside official job posting channels (e.g., Facebook rather than Campus Notices, HR, Workday, etc.) by a “new member” of the group. Finally, applicants were asked to respond by text with their personal information to a posted mobile number. Red flags like these can help you spot a scam and stop it in its tracks.

Find out more in our recent post.

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