The University Police Department has responded to more than 25 incidents of emails designed to defraud the recipient. These emails have cost victims more than $18,000 since January of 2018 alone. Spam/phishing emails falsely appear to come from individuals known to the victim or promote work/job opportunities that offer high wages for seemingly simple tasks.
While the university’s Division of Information Technology continues to diligently block many of these emails, the best prevention is awareness.
Here are a few tips on how to identify a suspicious email/job offer:
- You are being solicited via email
- The email is poorly worded
- It lacks details about the sender, company, or how to contact them
- You are offered payment before any work is completed
- You are asked to purchase iTunes or gift cards and send the PIN numbers via email to the “employer.”
- The email is from a private account modified to look like a @cpp.edu account. An example of a fraudulent address would be firstname.lastname@example.org
- And finally, please note that an email addressed to your cpp.edu account does not guarantee authenticity
Click on the link below or type the address into your browser for more tips on job scams:
If you have any questions regarding the authenticity or validity of an email, please contact the Cal Poly Pomona IT Service Desk using the IT service portal, or the University Police Department at 909-869-3061.