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Campus Notices

Extortion Scams

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Extortion scams happen when recipients are told that personal information will be released to family, friends, and anyone else if a ransom is not paid.

Avoid extortion scams by following these tips:

  • Do not open e-mail or attachments from unknown individuals.
  • Do not communicate with the subject.
  • Do not store sensitive or embarrassing photos of yourself online or on your mobile devices.
  • Use strong pass phrases and do not use the same password for multiple websites.
  • Never provide personal information of any sort via e-mail. Be aware that e-mails from hackers requesting your personal information can look like requests from people and organizations you trust.
  • Add a layer of security to your personal accounts by requiring another form of identification — in addition to a login and password — to gain access. Many companies, like Google for example, allow a “two-step” authentication that involves providing a code from a text message or phone app in order to log in.

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