The CaTS Help Desk was recently notified of a “work-from-home” scam that
could potentially target Wright State students.
College students across the United States have been targeted to
participate in work-from-home scams. Students have been receiving emails
to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human
resource positions with fictitious companies. The scam requires the
student to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and
then transfer a portion of the funds to another bank account. Those
funds were first stolen by cyber criminals and student are unknowingly
helping them get away with the crime.
Participating in the scam is a crime and could lead to your bank account
being closed due to fraudulent activity or federal charges.
If you have been a victim of this scam you can file a complaint with the
FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov and reference Alert
-If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
-Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your
account and wiring them to different accounts.
-Look for poor use of the English language in emails such as incorrect
grammar, capitalization, and tenses. Many of the scammers who send these
messages are not native English speakers.
-Never provide credentials of any kind such as bank account information,
login names, passwords, or any other identifying information in response
to recruitment email.