By: Erica Cortes
East Los Angeles College Students were victims of fraud emails involving a scam to gain access to their bank accounts.
The weekend of Labor Day students received an email giving them an opportunity to work from home on a part-time schedule.
The email says, “I am a staff here at this institution, a professor of Medicine shared a link for an interested student who might be interested in a PAID UNICEF[United Nation Children’s Fund] PART-TIME POSITION job to make up to $400(United States Dollars) weekly.”
The email also says that the student can travel remotely from home.
The reason behind it masking as a legitimate email is because the domain is “student.laccd.edu”
This email is a scam to receive a student’s info and bank account.
The Los Angeles Community College District Chief Information Officer, Patrick Luce, sent out a universal email stating that the email is false.
“Emails of this nature are frequently fraudulent, regardless of who they appear to be from,” the email stated.
The universal email also says that if the student follows the steps the scammer will ask for a cash check with their personal bank and have the student wire a portion of that check to an unknown account. The check will later bounce making the student pay back all the funds they lost.
“This is a reminder to all of us to be extremely careful of any unusual emails for job opportunities, requisition for personal information or requests that appear to come from an LACCD employee or student.” also states an email from Luce.
So now the question remains. How are these scammers receiving the LACCD emails?