Last spring, the UW-Eau Claire Police Department worked to bring awareness to students, asking them to report any phishing scams before it was too late.

In a previous article, the UW-Eau Claire police saw two phishing scams taking place. One was emails sent from “professors” asking students for research help — otherwise known as a “make money fast” scheme — over social media messenger apps. 

Both would have students either buying and sending gift cards or sending money over electronic forms of payment like Apple Pay. 

This year, UW-Eau Claire police have seen the return of emails from so-called professors with research opportunities, along with them requesting students to buy and send over gift card information. 

“The email looks like it is from a UWEC account with the professor’s name, but there is usually (a few extra) characters in it,” Chris Kirchman, lieutenant of the UW-Eau Claire Police Department, said.

An example of this phishing scam includes a recent email sent out with the subject line reading “Employment Opportunity,” followed by an empty email with an attachment. The attached file has a professor’s name, what department and work they do, followed by a job description. 

It closes by saying the professor will be going out of the country and will send money in the mail for the purchases they will be asking the participant to make. It also asks for personal information and to reach out to the professor via a different email than their…

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