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Receive an email with an enticing job offer? It may be a scam!

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Learn how to spot the scam

Technology Solutions is dedicated to the online safety and security of the UIC Community and leverages modern security solutions to protect our data, network, and information. Cybercriminals are crafty and persistent, however. Using cunning methods, cybercriminals can mimic UIC email addresses and slip through our defenses, and that's how a scam email may reach your inbox. These emails can sometimes appear legitimate, and the goal is to trick you into thinking you are receiving an email from a trustworthy UIC contact.

What to look for Heading link

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Here is an email that slipped through security defenses by posing as a UIC employee. Upon careful inspection, it becomes apparent that this is an email scam! Do you know how to spot the scam? Here’s what we found:

  • From Address does not match Email Signature
    This email came from “Jane Smith” but is signed by a “Thompson Silva – Senior Director.”
  • Too good to be true
    Usually, these job email scams mention a very enticing offer and promise large amounts of money or salary for very little work.
  • Asked to email an alternate email address
    Scammers will request you to email an alternate email address and/or provide a personal email address. This is because they want you off the UIC network so they can attempt to get information or money from you.

Replied to the email? Heading link

If you engage with the scammer, they may ask you for personal information, or sensitive data; send you a check and request money back; or request gift cards. Below are common things scammers ask you to do:

  • Request sensitive information
    Scammers will request your personal information such as name, address, birth date, social and banking information. Be very careful where you share your personal or sensitive information.
  • Ask for money or¬†gift cards
    Many times, scammers will ask for payment for fees or “start-up” costs and will request you to wire funds, perform bank transfers or ask for gift cards.
  • Send a check to deposit and request money back
    Scammers will email you a check to print, ask that you deposit it in your bank account, and send funds back via bank transfer, gift cards or Bitcoin. However, the checks are fraudulent! By the time the bank realizes the checks are fake, it may be too late. You will not only lose the value of the money, gift cards, bank transfer, etc., that the scammer asked you to send, but you may also incur penalty fees from the bank.

What to do if you think you've received a scam email Heading link

  • Do not respond to emails that seem suspicious or engage with the sender.
  • Evaluate each email carefully and perform your research.
  • If you are unsure if an email is fraudulent, forward the email to security@uic.edu so it can be investigated.
  • If you have fallen victim to a scam and sent money, gift cards, etc. contact the police immediately.