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Ever had someone offer a check as payment for services or employment, but requested some of the money be wired back after depositing? This is a scam that could cost thousands of dollars.

Fake check scammers often hunt for their victims via online sales or job site postings and can sound quite believable. UNC Police has received less than five reports of check-cashing scams through UNC email or Craigslist employment ads since the beginning of the Fall Semester. Any students or employees that receive suspicious emails or requests should call UNC Police, and forward as an attachment any phishing messages that you encounter to

Phishing alerts are available through UNC Information Technology Services, as well as additional resources and tips about information security through Safe Computing at UNC and CarolinaSafe.

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