Another Job scam email, Scammer impersonating Cara H. Cario, Ph.D. 3/21/23
Another job scam was reported to VCU Information Security this week.
The scammer is impersonating Professor Cara H. Cario, Ph.D. from a fake email that appears to be from the professor at first glance. The email address Professor Cara Cario, Ph.D. email@example.com via moralesmortgage.com. The scammer promising paychecks weekly of around 250.00. Please note that this is a malicious email scam designed to have the victims deposit fraudulent checks and instructs the victim to send the scammer gift cards. We are advising to cease any further communications with the scammer via email or other means like text messaging. These scammers will use any information you can provide to utilize for other scams in the future.
See above an example of one of the messages the scammer may send its victims. VCUs google filters are able to block this malicious sender but that is not stopping them for targeting students personal emails directly. This recent scam was brought to our attention due to a student reaching out to the professor to verify the legitimacy.
If you suspect you are a victim of this scam please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns in the meantime. Thank you.