Queens students may need to start being wary of their emails again. It would seem that the email scams from fall semester have returned, wherein multiple emails claiming employment opportunities were sent to students. QNews on January 10 once again warned students about scams that pose as job opportunities, and how best to not fall victim to them.
According to Bruce Heldman, the senior director of Technology Infrastructure and Support, the school is working to catch suspicious emails. With Queens receiving over 1 million emails a month, it’s estimated that 45 percent of these are fraudulent.
Each email on campus is filtered and scanned before it’s delivered in order to catch anything that could be an attack. In addition to this, Heldman is working to teach student and faculty to be aware of frauds while also communicating with other schools to learn security measures that could potentially be brought to Queens.
Still, it’s becoming trickier to catch scammers.
“Even with highly sophisticated protections, it’s inevitable that a small number of such messages will get through due [to] the ever-evolving innovations employed by attackers,” said Heldman
He explained that just having an email address makes someone a target, and scammers are continuously trying to find new ways to catch people off guard. But Heldman has a few suggestions on how students can avoid getting scammed.
First, be on the lookout for any attachments included in the emails that claim unpaid invoices and are titled “invoice.pdf”. This commonly used method is a huge red flag.
Additionally, if an email is claiming fast money with little effort on the recipient’s part, it is likely a scam. Heldman indicated phrases such as ‘set your own hours,’ ‘work on hours a week’ and ‘put your computer to work for you’ as a few of the telltale sayings.
“Have a questioning mindset about the email[s] you receive,” said Heldman. “Scammers are continually developing new ways to dupe their targets.”