February 06, 2017

Beware of financial aid email scam

The Office of Information Technology is warning faculty, staff and students not to open an email with the subject line “Financial Aid Award Letter.” 

The email looks very real and asks those who receive it to click on a link to ‘Access SalukiNet’ and hides the actual url from view.  If you receive this or any similar email -- do not click on any link and delete the email. The site has been blocked by the university and cannot be accessed on campus, but people are unprotected if they receive the email outside of the campus network. 

Students who receive financial aid and want to verify any information they receive via email can go to SalukiNet and check the status of their account. 

This might not be the only scam email you will receive; scammers tweak detected scams. Beware of any suspicious “contact,” which includes email from an unknown source, email that asks you to click links, and popups or webpages that request personal information. Alerts for known scams are posted here and also available on Twitter. If you suspect that you have fallen for a scam, please alert information technology at scam@siu.edu.