Scam emails are posing a threat to the college’s secure server.
Lately, emails have been circulating Rose State’s faculty email pretending to be from our university’s IT department. Emails instructing staff members to sign up to a different email service, or stating they have exceeded the storage capacity in their email and must therefore click the link provided to fix the issue. The links were identified as faulty and dangerous. It is important that staff members know never go to that link. Unauthorized personnel are sending these emails.
This means that the links could be unsafe and may result in someone having access to important, sensitive information. Another risk is having a virus downloaded into the computer, although according to Rose State’s IT department, no emails that have been sent out recently have led to a virus, the possibility is still present. Viruses invade computers, delete data, prevent the computer from working properly, spread further by the email and can even erase the hard drive.
According to John Primo, if for any reason the link is accessed on one of these emails, “immediately contact the college’s IT Services Department at ext. 7356 for assistance.”
It may be difficult to differentiate between a genuine Rose State IT department email and a scam email. If the email does not seem like a scam, it is still recommended that the staff member double check before following the instructions in the email.