Job Scams are Impersonating Faculty

…and what you can do about it

August 14, 2023


What Is Happening

Impersonation scams are a challenge that all universities face, and unfortunately, UCSC is no exception. Our campus community has experienced a significant increase in phishing emails as threat actors continue to develop new methods to target our community. It's difficult for Information Security to stop these scammers because they can easily create a wide range of free legitimate email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, etc.
As a reminder, scammers are constantly evolving their methods to target their victims. Therefore, it's crucial for recipients to verify the email's authenticity by examining the email address instead of relying solely on the display name. Our strategy is to educate our campus community on how to identify and report these scams as phishing or spam.

What You Can Do About It

One of the best ways you can assist our students is to remind them at the start of each quarter that you would never request a job from them via email using a non-UCSC email address. Sharing this message will aid our students in avoiding becoming a victim.

If you receive a report from a student who was a victim of an email scam, please ask them to forward the phishing email to and Information Security will provide them with the next steps.

Additional Resources

The Phish Bowl

Beware of Scams

Avoiding Phishing Emails

Student Job Offer Scams

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