Archive | August 2, 2018

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT, SCAM (8-2-18)

There is a scam circulating in which the scammer is posing as a potential employer. In this particular scam the scammer is asking the victim to put a magnet on their car to advertise for a company. The emails are coming from a VCU account but not a service account or from Career services. The emails are telling all interested students to email Benjamin.penazek@creativemagazineonline.com to apply.

How this scam works is that the scammer will send over payment for services. The scammer will then request the victim send over some money to another scammer. The payment checks will bounce as they are fraudulent. The scammer will still have the money the victim sent over.

To avoid scams like this you should inspect any job offer emails closely. Is the email address from the Career Services Email account? Or is it from someone you know? Did you apply at the place that is offering you the job? Is the employer interested in conducting an interview?

If you are unsure about an offer email, email or talk to VCU Information Security or VCU Career Services. If you have received an email described as such please delete it.

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Hi Victim, Scam (8-2-18)

The following is a scam in which the scammer is posing as the director of a department asking a favor from their employees. The scammers are using the director’s first and last name to impersonate the director.

You can tell this is a scam because the Email is not sent from a VCU email, it is being sent from a gmail account. In an attempt, to appear more legitimate the scammer addresses the victim by their name. Don’t be fooled the address used is not from VCU and is asking for suspicious things. All of these are signs of a scam. If you have received an email similar to this please delete it.
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From: Your Director [yusmos20@gmail.com]
Date: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 2:49 PM
Subject: Hi Victim
To: victim@vcu.edu

Good Day,

Are you still in the office? if not please I have an important errand i need you to do for me outside.I am in a meeting i won’t be able to pick a call.

Thanks.

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