Scam artists often use the start of a new semester to target WVU students with unsolicited emails offering ways to make money quickly. Students should be wary of any emails promising opportunities to work from home, to provide nanny or tutoring services, or to buy “enhanced” wireless Internet service.

If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Do not click on any links or reply to the emails. Forward suspicious emails as attachments to DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu for review.

Legitimate job offers are posted on MountaineerTrak .

Beware offers that:
  • Invite you to cash a check, keep part of the proceeds and then transfer money or send a check from your own accounts.
  • Send you a product or commodity such as watches or phones and ask you to distribute these items to others.
  • Encourage you to cash a check in advance for work not yet completed.
  • Try to sell you “enhanced” wireless Internet service at WVU.

Participating in any of these scams could have financial, legal or academic repercussions.