The New York State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers to be cautious about ‘College Fund’ messages that may be sent through email. Scammers posing as representatives of government agencies target college students, claiming that there are available funds for higher education in your home State. You are told that the money will be deposited into your checking account directly, once you provide your financial information. You are then asked to click on a link for more information to check if you are qualified. Scammers have even upped their game by providing fake links for you to “unsubscribe” or “report as spam” at the bottom of these messages. Once you click on either of these links, you are exposing your computer and your personal information at risk.
Unsure if your email is a scam, follow these tips:
For more information regarding identity theft prevention and mitigation, please contact the New York Department of State, Division of Consumer Protection at (518) 474-8583.