Duke University police are warning workers about an email scam that lures them with the prospect of a 2.5 percent raise so they will send their banking information to a Russian Internet address.
In an online alert prepared by the university IT Security Office, officials said the message tells workers, “The University is having a salary increment program again this year with an average of 2.5%. The Human Resources department evaluated you for a raise on your next paycheck.”
The link on which it asks people to click to give their payroll information to “access your salary revision documents” has a Russian address under Internet protocols.
The scam is an example of a phishing attack, which tries to get information from people about their electronic records.
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The alert asks anyone who has received the email and already followed its instructions to immediately contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at 919-684-2200.