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What Is a Phishing Scam?

Right now scammers are out there "phishing" for student accounts to alter their deposit information before their financial aid refunds are sent out. Hence stealing your refund!

Phishing is when a scammer uses fraudulent emails, texts, and/or copycat websites to get you to enter your username and password. These scammers use your information to steal your money or your identity or both!

Watch out! Phishing scammers lure their targets into a false sense of security by spoofing the familiar, trusted logos of legitimate websites. Or they pretend to be a friend or family member!

Some helpful tips to prevent a phishing attack:
  • Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal information
  • Always check the From address of emails
  • Be cautious about opening attachments or clicking on links in emails
  • Nobody at MCAD will ask for your password, so don't give it out!
  • We recommend turning on 2-step via on Gmail: https://www.google.com/landing/2step/

If at any point you feel you may have fallen victim to a phishing scam, contact the help desk ASAP and we will help investigate!

Email: helpdesk@mcad.edu
Phone: 612.874.3666

More information on what phishing is and how to protect yourself from scammers:

Thanks,
-Mike Holisky

Posted: 
Monday, September 10