We would like to think email is a trustworthy platform. While it is safe the majority of the time, the reality is that the underlying technology was created long before today’s internet and has faults that many have learned to use to their advantage. The act of scamming someone through a fake email or message to gain data or money is known as phishing. Combating phishing is an ever-changing task; as defenders adapt, so does the other side.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to all current or prospective college students in the U.S. The annual form determines your eligibility for financial aid, and assistance is free through Wayne State financial aid services.
You may have recently been the recipient of a fraudulent email that claimed to have photos of you and requested money in the form of Bitcoins. These emails, also known as phishing emails, or in this specific case sextortion scams, are very effective because the sender takes extra time to create a message specific to you in an effort to trick or confuse you into providing your personal information.
College students like you are targeted by scammers who design emails and websites replicating university resources, with real phone numbers, photos and logos, to trick you into providing personal information. This is known as phishing and just one attempt could affect your financial aid refund if you fall for it.
C&IT is investigating scam phone calls that appear to come from Wayne State phone numbers (e.g. 313-577-0000) and include pre-recorded messages claiming to be the IRS, notifications about extended warranties, and other types of solicitation. If you receive a fraudulent call like this, please report it to C&IT using the Report Spam Calls form on tech.wayne.edu/forms/telephone so that we may block the number.