K-Staters fall hook, line, and sinker for phishing scam

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – Some Kansas State University students and faculty fell hook, line, and sinker for a phishing scam over spring break.

The university reports there was an increase in the number of phishing scams sent to K-Staters. The week of March 16th through the 22nd, more than 60 people shared their private information, including their electronic ID and passwords via one scam. Two of the compromised eID’s were then used to create surveys with the K-State brand that sought additional information. More than 100 K-Staters provided the requested information.

Another survey scam purporting to be from Wells Fargo Bank was shut down before it could be sent out. Nearly 5,500 names were set to receive the phishing scam before it was stopped.

Kansas State University Information Technology Services warns students and faculty that they will never ask for information such as id’s and passwords by email or in a survey.


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