Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Beware of bogus emails

Recently several current Macalester students received an email with a fake job offer. If you received this email, mark as spam and delete forever. This is not a legitimate job offer.

Legitimate Macalester job opportunities will come from:
  • The Mac Daily
  • The Career Development Center
  • The Employment Services Office
  • A supervisor from a College department
Ways to tell this is a scam:
  • In the From field, note that the display name does not match the from address
  • There is no subject
  • Careful reading of the message does not mention anything particular to you or anything particular to Macalester
  • Macalester does not send lists of student email addresses to alums for this type of solicitation  
Example of the email:

Text of the email:

From: Amelia Robert <hoangthihiep>
Date: Sun, Sep 16, 2018 at 2:40 PM


I contacted your school admin at Macalester College; I graduated from there. I explained that I was looking for an Administrative/Personal Assistant, and your email was sent to me: they said you are an honest person. The position is extremely rewarding. Get back to me ASAP if you are interested in more information.

Best Regards,
Amelia Robert

If you replied, and received a check in the mail, don’t deposit it or cash it! The transaction will give the scammer information needed to steal your funds. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Don’t hesitate to contact the ITS Help Desk at if you suspect an email you received is a scam.

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