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Beware of scams

K-State often sees an uptick of phishing scams around holidays and spring break, and this one is no exception. We have recently observed stolen credentials being used to target student financial aid, so be especially vigilant about any mail concerning loans and report anything out of the ordinary to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Also, cybercriminals are taking advantage of this uncertain time during the spread of the Coronavirus. Remember to be vigilant about communications related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Phishing emails are being sent with malicious attachments and links to fraudulent websites enticing you to hand over sensitive information. Also, use caution with social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.

Scammers are sending links to malicious websites disguised as COVID-19 maps. Use verified COVID-19 tracking maps and check the URL of linked websites before clicking.

Tips from the Federal Trade Commission:

  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges, or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@ksu.edu or 785-532-7722).