Even though campus isn't as busy during the summer, a large number of fraudulent emails are being sent to Ball State faculty, staff and students, according to the Office of Information Security Services.
The fraudulent emails are often forged to appear as if they are coming from university officials, urging the recipient to open an attached PDF file or click on a link, which then directs the user to enter their password.
Some of these fraudulent emails have a subject line similar to "Dear BSU.edu E-mail User." Here is an example:
Any email with a link to a web form requesting your username and password is fraudulent, according to the Office of Information Security Services. The university will not send emails containing a link to web page or attachment requesting for username and password. Instead, legitimate emails from Ball State provide instructions for how to change a password, which do not direct a user to click on attachments or links within the email message.
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If a user believes they have been a victim to one of the recent scams, it is advised to change the email password. For questions or to report an issue contact the Technology HelpDesk at www.bsu.edu/helpdesk or by calling 765-285-1517.