Campus Security Services are cautioning students to be aware of telephone and internet employment (job postings) scams due several incidents being reported over the past few days. These scams appear to be targeting International Students, requesting them to deposit checks into their personal bank accounts and requesting they return the funds via e-transfer or validation codes from gift cards (i.e. Google, Amazon).
How to protect yourself from identity theft
- Never provide personal information by telephone, Internet or by email.
- Keep your access codes, user ID, passwords, and PINs secret.
- Keep your address current with all government departments and agencies.
- Be careful before you click on links in any email you receive. Some criminals may be using a technique known as phishing to steal your personal information when you click on the link.
- Caller ID is a useful function. However, the information displayed can be altered by criminals. Never use only the displayed information to confirm the identity of the caller whether it be an individual, a company or a government entity.
- Protect your social insurance number. Don't use it as a piece of ID and never reveal it to anyone unless you are certain the person asking for it is legally entitled to that information.
- Pay attention to your billing cycle and ask about any missing account statements or suspicious transactions.
- Shred unwanted documents or store them in a secure place. Make sure that documents with your name and SIN are secure.
- Immediately report lost or stolen credit or debit cards.
- Carry only the ID you need.
- Do not write down any passwords or carry them with you.
- Ask a trusted neighbour to pick up your mail when you are away or ask that a hold be placed on delivery.
If you believe you have been the victim of a Fraud you can contact CSS by telephone at 519-452-4400 or attend room D1027.
You can also report scams to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by telephone at 1-888-495-8501