A fraudulent or dishonest scheme to gain access to a person’s private information for monetary gain.
- Scammers create fake emergencies to steal your money.
- Encourage you to open a work from home business that requires you pay them first.
- Cryptojacking on your devices – malicious codes are placed and embedded in websites. Often times they ask you to click links to update your device and link you to fake technical support. Never give remote access to your devices!
- Scenario– You’re working on a homework assignment late into the night. You are laser focused on completing your project by the midnight deadline. Suddenly, a message pops up on your device screen: “Virus Detected. Call now for a free security scan and repair your device.” I know it’s tempting. Your grade is on the line. STOP! FOCUS! Don’t call, text, or email anyone not associated with the University of Chicago Technical Support. Legit technical support don’t operate like that.
How to Detect a Job/Hiring Scam
- Common scams – working from home pitches for medical billing businesses, envelope stuffing schemes, and craft and assembly projects.
- Never hand over money to an alternative investment or money making opportunity or to job head hunters.
Online Security/How to avoid Malware
**Anyone that uses the internet to buy goods or services, pay bills, or browse for information is at risk for Identity Theft**
- The most important step to protect your computer from malware is keep your computer and other device software up to date using a known reliable source.
- Learn more on how to avoid malware, detect malware, get rid of malware, and report malware by visiting: Consumer Information – Malware
- Malware includes:
- Other unwanted software that gets installed on your computer or mobile device without your consent.
Report Identity Theft and Scams
International Immigrants and Visitors
- Scammers will call immigrants pretending to be from immigration, refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- They fake the caller ID, so it looks like they’re legit.
- They threaten people and tell them they’re under investigation or there’s a legal case against them, then ask for money. Don’t fall for it. It’s a trick.
- Free Immigration Forms:
- Visit uscis.gov/forms
- Call USCIS at 1-800-870-9676
- Where to find help:
- Order a free brochure for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), I need Immigration Help. Who Can Help Me?
- Find the brochure online at ftc.gov/immigration
- Call the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 to get a free copy
- Make sure websites you visit end with an extension .gov
- Only seek legal advice from licensed attorneys.
- Never let anyone keep your original documents (I.E. passport or birth certificate).
Links to Video Information (Identity Theft and Scams)
Identity Theft can be a stressful and traumatic experience. Victims feel violated from the negative experience and often times need time for self-care. Do not hesitate to seek professional help and/or confide in friends and family.