The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) has received reports of another administrative assistant job scam. Below is an example of this job scam email in which the scammer is claiming to be Robert Williams. Mr. Williams does work for UMBC, but not in the Health Administration and Policy Program (HAPP). He is not advertising for an administrative assistant. He did not send this message. The From field is a fake. The phone number below is not his.
This is a scam.
From: Robert Williams <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:20 AM
Subject: UMBC HAPP Employment
University of Maryland, Baltimore County is seeking
a Research Administrative Assistant /services of a
competent HAPP Dept Student,
Administrative Assistant to work Part-time and get paid
$350 weekly. Tasks will be carried out remotely. If interested,
Do text your name to (443) 437-4263 so as to proceed
Dr Robert Williams
Assistant Director, Decision Support
Administration Bldg, Room 405
The scammer is attempting to establish contact in order to fake an offer of employment, build trust, and then get you to purchase something expensive (e.g., iTunes gift cards, cryptocurrency, etc.) that can be transmitted back to them by text message or email. At that time, you will receive a picture of a check to print and scan for deposit using your bank-by-phone app. The check will bounce but your bank will take from 3-5 days to tell you this. Your money will be gone. You will not get it back.
You can avoid all of that. If you receive this or any similar message, please do not respond.
What to do now?
If you do receive this or a similar scam, please DO NOT respond any further or click on any URLs. If you have provided any banking or financial information, please notify your bank or financial institution immediately. If you have been sent a check, you should not attempt to cash or deposit it. If you have deposited a check already, please contact your bank and tell them that it may be part of a scam.
Whether you responded to the scam or not, please forward the message (with the email headers) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also keep track of any other information you submit about the scammers, such as their phone numbers. If you were sent a check or other materials, please send pictures of it and the envelope they came in.
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