Protect Yourself From Online Scams
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Lehman community, be #cybersmart and stay safe online with these dos and don'ts we compiled from the College's IT Division.
- Don't click links or download attachments from senders you don't recognize.
- Do contact the IT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify an email's legitimacy or report suspicious activity.
- Don't respond to unsolicited emails that offer stay-at-home jobs and financial assistance. And never send money in response to an email that asks for a job application processing fee.
- Do make sure that your virus protection software is up to date.
- Don't ignore weird red flags. There are often tell-tale signs when an email is fraudulent. For example, it may have obvious spelling or grammar errors, bad formatting, or a 'from' email address that doesn't match the display name.
- Don't provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or any other personal information in response to an email or phone call.
- Do learn more about identifying and avoiding online scammers. You can start with this tip sheet. CUNY has also launched a 25-minute interactive cybersecurity awareness course for students; you'll find it in Blackboard under Your Organizations. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take an online security awareness course at https://course.enterprisetraining.com/cuny2019/launch/.