The University at Buffalo is warning students about the potential threat of online scams.
Recently a UB student lost thousands of dollars after falling victim to a fake online job. It turned out to be only a third party check cashing scam.
Dr. Catherine Ullman, Senior Information Security Analyst at UB said students usually fall for these scams because they are broke and looking for a fast dollar.
“You can also be the victim of unintentional wire fraud or money laundering. There are a number of very serious consequences,” Dr. Ullman said.
Ullman said the bottom line is do your homework. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
“Stay vigilant and be suspicious of anything that comes through that lists a fear response or a greed response. Because both of those are triggers for people to do something they might not ordinarily do,” Ullman said.