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Email scam targets University of Colorado students

7:59 AM, Oct 18, 2012   |    comments
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According to CU Police, the email offers a part-time, work-from-home job. 

One student received two checks from her "employer" totalling $6,640. 

She was told to deposit the checks into her person account and then forward $5,960 - using her own funds - to an address in California. 

However, the employer's checks did not clear and the victim lost nearly $6,000 to the mysterious California account.

Another student received a similar job posting and was promised $300 for working just five hours. 

"The email stated that a Cyprus-based company offering 'business consultancy services' needed regional representatives to help order and process office supplies. A later e-mail said that a $300 salary would be 'pre-paid' and arriving in the form of a $2,900 check from a 'client.' The student was instructed to deduct her $300 salary and pay the 'supplier' the remaining amount. The student became suspicious and reported the incident to CU Police. She did not lose any funds," a release sent to 9NEWS states.

CU Police are warning students about the scam and have the following tips to avoid falling victim to online scams:

  1. Be cautious if an online/e-mail job posting claims "no experience necessary."
  2. Be cautious of exaggerated claims of possible earnings or profits.
  3. Beware when money is required up front for instructions or products.
  4. Do not give your Social Security number when first interacting with your prospective employer.
  5. Be wary when replying to unsolicited e-mails for work-at-home employment. 
  6. Research the company to ensure it is authentic.

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