Employment scam targeting UCCS students

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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.

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