Don’t be a victim of a virtual scam. To help, below are bits of information to help you weed out those who are trying to steal your information.
· Sullivan University, Spencerian College and Sullivan College of Technology and Design (SUS) schools do not send out password expiration notifications in an email. Student passwords do not expire on our systems.
· SUS does not send you links to change your passwords.
· If your mailbox is almost full, you will find an email within your email: Example: “Your mailbox is almost full. Please reduce your mailbox size. Delete any items you don’t need from your mailbox and empty your deleted items folder” or a notice “your mailbox is full, you may not be able to send or receive items.”
o Our system will never send you a link to increase/reduce your mailbox size.
· Banks do not ask for your information. If you have an account with a bank, they already have your information. Banks will send you notifications to log into their system; however, if you receive such an email, do not use links within the email-you should know the websites to log into your bank.
Scams can contain the following messages
· Alarmist messages and threats of account closures.
· Promises of money for little or no effort.
· Deals that sound too good to be true.
· Requests to donate to a charitable organization after a disaster that has been in the news.
· Bad grammar and misspellings.
If you suspect that you've responded to a phishing scam with personal or financial information, consider taking these steps to minimize any damage and protect your identity. If you responded using SUS’s email system, contact IT immediately.
· Change the passwords or PINs on all your online accounts that you think might be compromised.
· Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. Check with your bank or financial advisor if you're not sure how to do this.
· Contact the bank or the online merchant directly. Do not follow the link in the fraudulent email message.
· If you know of any accounts that were accessed or opened fraudulently, close those accounts.
· Routinely review your bank and credit card statements monthly for unexplained charges or inquiries that you didn't initiate
· At least once a year, check your credit reports. Many sites offer this service, and it is federal law, the first reports are free.