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Students: 'Work from home' scam aimed at enlisting you in criminal activity

Unsolicited emails inviting college students to “work from home” are actually an attempt to steal money, and the FBI says that participating could result in both criminal charges and lasting damage to students’ finances and credit record.

If an opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is. WVU students who receive suspicious emails should immediately forward them as an attachment to Information Security Services at

Never provide personal credentials of any kind, including bank account or credit card numbers, MyID credentials, and usernames and passwords to anyone seeking that information by email.

The current scam pretends to recruit students for a payroll or human resources position with a fictitious company. Students who fall for the scam provide their account numbers to receive a deposit, then transfer part of those funds to a bank account held by others participating in the scam. This is a fraudulent activity.

If you have already been a victim, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at

To learn more about this scam, click here:

For tips on how to protect yourself, visit

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