Think before you scan QR codes in emails! Scammers are impersonating UB's HR department, sending deceptive emails claiming that HR/Payroll has shared a file accessible via a QR code.
The scam begins with an email seemingly originating from, for example, UB's HR department, asserting that HR/Payroll has shared a file with you and includes a QR code for accessing the supposed document. However, several red flags can help you identify the phishing attempt:
- Check the sender's email: Legitimate UB communications will always come from a UB email address. If the sender's email does not match this criterion, it's likely a scam.
- Unusual subject lines: Be cautious if the email subject contains random words, typos, or overly complex jargon.
- Unexpected QR code requests: HR/payroll does not distribute files using QR codes. Any email asking you to scan a QR code for file access should be treated with suspicion.
If you suspect that you've been targeted by this phishing scam, take immediate action to safeguard your information:
- Change your UBITName password: If you have entered your UBITName and password in response to the scam, change your password without delay. This step is crucial in preventing unauthorized access to your account.
- Contact the UBIT Help Center: If you need assistance or have concerns about your account's security, reach out to the UBIT Help Center immediately.
- Keep up with identified scams by checking the UBIT website.
Contact the UBIT Help Center any time you need help with UB technology, online at buffalo.edu/ubit/help or by phone at 716-645-3542.