Employment scam targeting UCCS students

By: Sarah Ferguson
Updated: Feb 15, 2018 09:02 AM MST

An employment scam is targeting UCCS students and taking their money. It starts with an email about a job opportunity and ends with students losing money.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs sent a warning to all students after several instances of fraud were reported in January.

“So the names they’re looking out for: Dr. Greenfield, Daniel Craig and Christopher Babbit,” spokesman Jared Verner said.

Verner said those are the fake names appearing on the emails being sent to UCCS accounts.

According to UCCS, the email starts as a job offer to become a personal assistant. Once the student agrees, they will receive a check to deposit into their account. They’re then told to buy various items, to keep a small amount, and to send the rest back in a check or money order.

“The reason that these scams target college students is because they know we’re so desperate for money,” freshman Isabel Knott said.

UCCS police are working with the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to track down whoever is doing this.

If you have fallen victim to this scam or know someone who has, call the UCCS Police Department at 719-255-3111.

http://www.fox21news.com/news/local/employment-scam-targeting-uccs-students/974411816


TRANSCRIPT: an employment scam targeting u-c-c-s students and taking their money.it starts with an email about a job opportunity and ends with students losing money. fox21’s sarah ferguson tells us what you can look out for. the university of colorado colorado springs sending a warning to all students..after several instances of fraud were reported in january.so the names theyre looking out for: dr greenfield, daniel craig and christopher babbit. those are the fake names apparently on the emails, that are sent to uccs accounts.like i said, you can send a couple thousand emails you just need a couple to bite for it to be profitable for the person who is implementing the scam.i can definitely understand why they’re tempting to a lot of kids.these are college students, theyre not weathly, theyre trying, a lot them are taking loans already so how can you spot the scam? according to u-c-c-s the email starts as a job offer to become a personal assistant. once the student agrees –they will recieve a check to deposit into their account. they’re then told to buy various items –keep a small amount and to send the rest back in a check or money order. the reason that these scams target college students is because they know we’re so desparate for moneyright now u-c-c-s police are working with the f-b-i and the federal trade commision..to track down whoever is doing this.im sarah ferguson reporting for fox21 local news right now. in the meantime, if you have fallen victim to this scam or know someone who has –we have the number to call, on our website fox21 news dot com