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8/9/2019
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Beware of Phishing Campaigns

ProPrivacy's Walsh says students should watch their Instagram, Facebook messages, and emails very closely. Especially during back-to-school season, scammers often send fake messages that insist a purchase was made when it really wasn't. Scammers are very adept at manipulating emotions and getting people to respond and click, he says.

Students also should do everything possible to protect their email accounts because once they get compromised, scammers will have access to the passwords on any number of their personal online accounts, Norton LifeLock's Hanson adds. "It's always best to stop and think, 'Should I be getting a confirmation link?'" Hanson says. "If you aren't sure, refer it to the school's IT department, and they can check it out. The last thing you want is for the scammers to have the ability to reset all your passwords."

While it's important to protect emails, scammers also prey on students with text messages. Texting has become the main form of communication for young people, so they are very susceptible, Hanson says. "The likelihood of students responding to text messages is high," she says. "It can be for any routine item, such as notifications that medicines are ready, as well as appointment and shipping reminders."

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