IT Services became aware of several emails circulating this morning with subject lines such as:
- REWARDING AND AWESOME OFFER IN MARQUETTE !!!
- OFFER IN MARQUETTE !!
These are phishing messages; do not click on any links in the message.
If you have already clicked the links in the message and provided your information:
- Do not further communicate with this individual.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. Let them know you provided information so they can investigate.
- To secure your Marquette University account, reset your password: https://www.marquette.edu/its/help/emarqinfo/reset.shtml
As always, the Marquette community is reminded to be suspicious of messages that seem too good to be true–they probably are. Below are some tips for easily detecting email scams.
How to easily identify a job scam email:
- If the email is from a Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook address.
Legitimate companies should email from their corporate email account.
- If you are not the only recipient on the email.
Legitimate companies will not send an email about a job offer to multiple people at once.
- If the email does not address you by name.
The email may say your information was obtained from a job board, school database or career services office. If that were true, they should have addressed the email to you directly, rather than generic phrases like “Hello Student” or “Good Morning.”
- If they ask to continue the conversation by text.
Do not text the individual; this makes the scam harder to document. Conversations about legitimate offers should be conducted via email.
- If they ask for personal information in an email.
Legitimate job opportunities require you to apply and provide your personal information through an official application (usually on the company website through a secure portal).
- If the email contains grammatical or spelling errors.
A very common attribute of scam emails is that they do not bother to spell check or grammar check their outgoing emails.
- If there is no contact information for the sender.
Any legitimate email from a company’s Human Resources or Recruiting department should have a signature line with the sender’s name, title and contact information.
- If the email asks you to visit a non-Marquette website.
Marquette University will only ask you to visit the website for one of our official career centers on campus or a verified university partner such as Handshake. If the scammer is asking you to visit a non-Marquette website that is unfamiliar to your or seems sketchy, it probably is.
- Lastly, please note that some scammers will intentionally use the name of a legitimate company to make the scam more believable.