Security Tip: Cybercriminals Want You!

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Have you already started your New Year’s resolution to pay off debt or get a new car? Be on the lookout for cybercriminals offering a “simple” way to make extra money and make your goals “easier” to reach. If you fall victim to one of these money mule scams, it will only result in the cybercriminal getting a large payday while your resolutions and life become much more difficult.

What is a money mule?
A money mule is when cybercriminals recruit a person via email or social media with the offer of seemingly legitimate employment. Then, the cybercriminal tricks the person into accepting a check or wire transfer, where they get to keep a “fee” and transfer the rest of the money to the criminal. Basically, it is a new way to steal and launder money.

What do I need to watch out for?
It is best to avoid emails or social media posts offering you money or jobs that seem “too good to be true.” Money mule scams, like phishing emails, include typos, incorrect grammar and poor formatting. Also, they often try to get you to email a specific email address rather than having you reply back to the actual sender.

Below is a list of “jobs” that cybercriminals attempt to entice you with accepting:

Potential Jobs:
Remember they aren’t actually legitimate jobs, but cybercriminals want you to think they are.

Consequences:

In order from I’m out” to “Yeah, still not here for this.”

  • You may face legal prosecution
  • Your bank account may be closed
  • It will be very difficult to get student loans or apply for credit (remember that car you wanted… not happening this year.)

If you think you received a money mule scam in your SHSU account, remember you can check the SHSU Phish Bowl to verify it is a scam or forward the email to abuse@shsu.edu.