October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and this year the Office of Information Technology stepped up to raise awareness. They provided an article to students across campus, and included everyday messages or e-mails students might get that could be spam or scams. ISU school-issued emails have a filtration system; however, many students find convincing scam emails in their inbox every day.

Gabby Weldy, a junior at Indiana State and the SJE for Erickson Hall, reflects on the subject. “As a ResLife student staff member, I have to be aware of potential scams, and educate my residents on ways scams try to harm them.” She explains, “I have had residents come up to me and show me emails that look like convincing job offers from people who claim to be doctors.” Money is an enticing incentive for someone to click the link, but one should always analyze the email. Students should ask themselves questions like “Who is it from?” “Is there a return address?” “Can I meet this person face-to-face in public, or are they saying they can’t meet up?”

Recent scam emails have been asking students to fill out an application and give them their personal email, to discuss matters personally. “As a student, if a potential employer doesn’t want to communicate with you professionally through a school-issued email, that is a red flag.” Weldy warns.

Scams are getting more and more believable, and it is becoming harder even for the tech savvy generation to keep up. “Scams can start with you sending them money, for an ‘application’ or a ‘deposit’.” Weldy states, “There have been instances where the consequences could escalade to human trafficking. Stop it at the source, analyze your emails, and make sure the links you click on are authentic.”