Be Aware of New Cyber-Scam Targeting College Students

Posted January 16, 2015

The UCF Police Department alerts you to a popular scam targeting college students.

Students across the country have received emails to their school accounts recruiting them for administrative positions with fake companies.

The job requires the student to provide his or her bank account number for direct deposit.

Scammers will link the student's account with an unknowing victim's direct deposit information. When money goes into the account, students will be directed to transfer some of the funds to a different account owned by the scammers.

The scammers make money, and the students perpetrate fraud. Committing fraud could impact your credit records and lead to criminal charges.

We haven't received any reports of this crime happening at UCF, and we want to keep it that way.

That's why we're asking you to follow these simple steps in order to protect yourself:

  • Use smart judgment. If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never provide personal information, such as bank account and Social Security numbers or other identifying information, in a recruiting email.
  • Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account and the wiring of them to different accounts.

Please be aware of this scam and report any related activity to UCF Police by calling 407-823-5555.