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Phishing scams asking for a text or cell number

This past week, K-Staters may have received an email that appeared to be a note from your boss, your bosses’ boss, an administrator, colleague, or even a friend with the following, “text your available number” or send your “cell phone number.”

These are scams. If you responded to the email, do the following:

  • Send the scam with headers to abuse@ksu.edu. How to send headers is available from here.
  • Alert your technical support staff that you didn’t send the email.
  • For any scam, if you have give out your eID/password, immediately change your password.

Example of phishing scam involving texting cell phone number.

If you didn’t respond, good for you for remaining vigilant. The Federal Trade Commission recommends four steps to protect from phishing:

  • Protect your computer by using security software. Find K-State’s recommendations for antivirus software on the K-State Antivirus Software page.
  • Protect your mobile phone by setting software to automatically update.
  • Protect your accounts by using multi-factor authentication.
  • Protect your data by backing it up. File storage options for safely backing up your data is available here.

Stressful times provide a perfect opportunity for scammers to catch us off guard. Don’t fall prey.