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BBB of Southern AZ reminds college students 'click with caution'

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - For college students heading off to classes in the next few weeks, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona has some tips for online safety to remember. 

The BBB of Southern Arizona is reminding students and faculty to click with caution when online this school year. It is warning against identity theft, internet fraud and unique scams that target universities.  

According to the Federal Trade Commission, they have received more identity theft complaints from 20 to 29 year-old consumers than any other age group in 2013.  

Here are a couple of things to look out for: 

Spear phishing emails being sent to university employees that look like they are from the employers. The email contains a link and asks the student or faculty member to click on it and then it asks for a user name and password. The scammer then uses that information to redirect the employees payroll to another bank account.  

A second scam is hackers taking student's university accounts; they then steal student loan money for tuition, textbooks and living expenses.  

Scammers are also getting professor's personally identifiable information and using it to file fraudulent income tax returns.  

The BBB of Southern Arizona says the key is to be extra careful when responding to emails, job postings and online advertisements.


For more online safety tips go online to http://www.stopthinkconnect.org/ or  www.tucson.bbb.org

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