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University Police recently received reports of scams targeting students from scammers who claim to be employers at reputable companies. Scammers will use fraudulent links and email addresses that appear to be from legitimate companies. They ultimately “hire” the students but then send them counterfeit or stolen checks and ask the students to keep their salary and send back the remainder of the funds from the check.
Another common scam involves scammers sending unsolicited emails or calling individuals and demanding they send money or gift cards to pay off a phony debt or to obtain an unexpected financial windfall.
Doug Roberts, chief of Missouri S&T’s University Police, offers the following tips to avoid falling for a scam: