Beware of holiday scams - UIC Today

December 8, 2021
According to the FBI, every year, thousands of people become victims of holiday scams. Scammers can rob you of hard-earned money, personal information, and, at the very least, a festive mood.
Phishing refers to scams where cybercriminals will send you an email with the goal to get you to click on links and give up personal information like your name, password, or other sensitive information.
Beware! Scammers will even use spoofing technology and send emails posing as members of the UIC community with the goal of getting you to open attachments, click on a link or buy gift cards.
Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams
If you are in doubt, please forward any suspicious emails to security@uic.edu.
According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) 2020 report, non-payment or non-delivery scams cost people more than $265 million in a year. Credit card fraud accounted for another $129 million in losses.
Tips to Avoid Sale Scams
Whether you’re a buyer or the seller, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself from increasing cybercrime.
And remember: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Looking for a holiday season job? Make sure it’s legitimate! Cybercriminals are targeting students eager for work with fraudulent job offerings that attempt to steal sensitive information or request funds in the form of cash transfers, Bitcoin payments or gift cards.
Crafty scammers can use sophisticated technology to create realistic communications that can fool you. We understand that identifying the legitimacy of an email can be difficult, especially when scammers can mimic UIC email addresses.
This holiday season, charities you don’t recognize may be asking for donations. While it is great to give back, scammers take the opportunity to mask themselves as charitable organizations.
Verify all charities on the IRS tax exemption site before donating
Tips to Avoid Job and Charity Scams
Look out for these red flags to keep yourself safe from job and charity scams:
Please do not respond to these emails if they seem suspicious. Evaluate each email carefully and perform your research. If you are unsure if an email is fraudulent, forward the email to security@uic.edu so it can be investigated and shared with the community.

Need Support?
If you receive phishing/scam emails or calls and have given or entered your NetID and password or other personal information, please immediately change your password at identity.uillinois.edu and contact security@uic.edu with the details.
If you receive phishing/scam emails or calls and purchased gift cards, Bitcoin or deposited a fraudulent check, please contact UIC Police for assistance at 312-996-2830.
If you receive a scam telephone call, hang up, block the number and call UIC Police to report it at 312-996-2830.
If in doubt, email security@uic.edu with any questions.

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