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Assistant Job Scam - 09/02/21

Screenshot of malicious email:

A screenshot of a malicious email. The malicious email attempts to trick recipients into applying for a fake personal assistant job.


On September 2nd, 2021, there was another round of job scam emails that were sent out from compromised University email address(es). These are the same job scams that the Information Security Team has been alerting the community to for many months.

In this scam, the malicious email encourages recipients to apply for a "job" at a DePaul "affiliate" by sending interest to an external non-DePaul email address.

Once in contact with the malicious actor, the malicious actor will often attempt to request further personal information, and the communications will often move to a text message format. Ultimately, the malicious actor will attempt to defraud the victim by sending the victim a fraudulent check or via a cash transferring app such as Zelle or Cash App.

Some indicators that these emails are malicious:
- Numerous spelling and grammatical errors
- Promises of easy money
- Appeals to emotion (i.e. alleging that you will help orphans)
- Communications being led off of DePaul's platform (i.e. emailing a non-DePaul email address and communications via text messages)‚Äč