Cyber Security Awareness Month: Job Scams

Posted on 10/22/2019 8:58:29 AM

When using your IUP email, you may come across suspicious messages. Some of these messages can be job scams. It is important to be vigilant when using IUP email.

Noticeable signs of a job scam email include the following:

  • A message that asks you to obtain gift cards.
  • Does not indicate the company name.
  • Comes from an email address that doesn’t match the company name.
  • Does not give the employer contact information—title of person sending the email, company address, phone number, etc.
  • Offers to pay a large amount for almost no work.
  • Offers you a job without ever interacting with you.
  • Asks you to pay an application fee.
  • Wants you to transfer money from one account to another.
  • Offers to send you a check before you do any work.
  • Asks you to give your credit card or bank account numbers.
  • Asks you to print checks
  • Asks for copies of personal documents.
  • Says you must send payment by wire service or courier.
  • Offers you a large payment for allowing the use of your bank account—often for depositing checks or transferring money.
  • Sends you an unexpectedly large check and asks for a smaller amount back.

2019 Cyber Security Awareness Phishing Contest and Prizes

As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, IT Services is having a phishing contest. Information about phishing can be found on the IT Support Center site.

Now that you know what a phish is and how to identify one, we want you to come up with your best original phish message. Entries for the phishing contest should be submitted to phishing-contest@iup.edu and will be judged based on creativity and use of phishing factors.

Three winners (first, second, and third place) will be picked from the submissions we receive. A $25 Co-Op gift card will be awarded to the top three entries. Only one submission per person is allowed and is limited to IUP students, faculty, and staff. Submissions must be received by October 31, the last day of the contest. Good luck!