Beware of Phishing Scams
Posted by Melinda Barnsley on 21 November 2019 01:37 PM
Several PSU users have reported receiving an email claiming to be a professor via a account.  Below is an example of one of these emails.




It is that time of year when students are looking to make some extra money and the con artists take advantage of this.


You might be thinking about a way to supplement your income while you are still in school.   Be aware that the scammers know this and will not hesitate to take advantage of your desire to earn money.


Here are some important things to look for:

  • You receive an unsolicited email notifying you of the opportunity.
  • The message sender is anonymous (very generic from address or from name).
  • It is not addressed to you (might be “undisclosed-recipients”) or not address you by name.
  • Promises a pretty, significant wage for a short time commitment.
  • Work at home or make your own hours.
  • No interview.
  • The job duties described are vague and/or the language is poor and full of grammatical errors.
  • The name of the person/company in the body of the message does not match up with the sender's address.
  • The employer offers to send a check to you to deposit into your own account. You are told to keep a percentage of it for your own pay but are then asked to withdraw cash, using it to pay for various items that they ship to ‘clients’. Or else you are asked to immediately transfer funds from your account to the ‘employers’ business accounts. After the check clears (which can take a few days to a few weeks), you discover the check is fraudulent.

If you see any of these characteristics, be very suspicious.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  When in doubt, contact the Help Desk.


As always, for any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at (603)535-2929 or email


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