The University of Hartford is warning to students about an Internet scam advertising a business opportunity for a personal assistant.
School officials said the scammer, who sends emails under the name Tom Sweeney, will mail a fraudulent check for more than $1,000 and ask the victim to deposit it, then wait 24 hours. The scammer will then ask for half the money back.
This gives the scammer time to access the victim’s bank account and personal information, school officials said in a release.
The scam is tied to the email accounts email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and lists a cellphone number of 405-586-0480.
Students who receive scam emails are encouraged to contact the University of Hartford Dept. of Public Safety and to avoid responding to the sender.
School officials are reminding students to refrain from giving out personal information and to thoroughly research the background of a company or individual when considering an unsolicited offer.
Officials also said unsolicited emails are often used by scammers and can be cause for concern.