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Students: Don’t fall for work-at-home email scams that sound too good to be true

Information Technology Services reminds students to be cautious before responding to unsolicited emails offering appealing job opportunities. 

Scam artists often use the start of a new semester to target you with unsolicited emails offering ways to make money quickly for little work and without any skills. These scams often use a generic email address such as Gmail or Yahoo, without providing additional contact information. Be wary of offers to work from home, to provide nanny or tutoring services, or to buy “enhanced” wireless Internet service you don’t need. 

DO NOT click on any links or reply to these emails. Forward suspicious emails as attachments to DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu for review. If you have provided your WVU Login credentials to one of these scams, go to login.wvu.edu immediately and change your password. 

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Legitimate job offers are posted on MountaineerTRAK. Recognized WVU recruiters don’t ask students to contact them via Skype or Google Hangouts without first ensuring that you have contacted the WVU Career Services Center. Legitimate recruiters will NEVER mail you a check to be cashed, request your bank account information or involve you in financial transactions while arranging interviews or a job offer. 

Learn more about how to spot scams at: it.wvu.edu/security/defend-your-data/scams.