Be Security Aware – Scams Come in Many Forms (by email, phone, ravens)

Please be aware of these active threats, and remember if you come across anything that seems suspicious to you please let OIT know by emailing [email protected] or calling 413-597-4090.  The sooner we know about active events the sooner we can mitigate the risk to you and the campus.

IRS Scams

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning about a new email scam in which malicious cyber actors send unsolicited emails to taxpayers from fake (i.e., spoofed) IRS email addresses. The emails contain a link to a spoofed IRS.gov website.

Disaster Relief Scams

Scammers are always looking for new victims. Unfortunately, natural disasters like hurricane Dorian create opportunities for fraud in their wake, when people are at their most vulnerable.  Be cautious of relief requests on social media like Facebook.

Gift Card Scams

“Are you available?” –  This is the kind of email that may get your attention, especially if it’s from someone higher up in your organization. But be on guard – it’s an email scam.   Williams and other colleges and universities have been receiving these emails for over a year and they are surprisingly persistent and effective.

Fake Job Scams

Fake job emails sent to college students are common. They often put you off guard since they can mention the town or the school you are in currently. There are several simple ways to avoid being scammed.

Fake Trolling Calls from the Social Security Administration

Scammers have many ways to lure their victims into providing information and then stealing their identities. Sometimes they call under a guise of helping you complete a disability application, or alerting you to someone using your SSN.  Real calls from the SSA will not request personal information over the phone and the agent will provide you with a telephone number and extension.

Identity Theft

You can be a victim of identity theft even if you never use a computer. Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that you will not be a victim of online identity theft. However, there are ways to minimize your risk.

Thanks for your attention to these issues.  I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about security and current scams

– Seth