Email Scams Involving Student Accounts and Payments
May 26, 2023
An active e-mail scam involves student accounts and payments that purport to originate from UCD Student Accounting but are fraudulent. Cyber criminals use sophisticated methods to steal money and data.
These fraudulent e-mails may contain one or more of these traits or themes:
- The request comes from the UCD Student Accounting (email@example.com) or other person in university leadership. The Student Accounting and Campus Cashiering does not ever ask a student to check their bank account to see if they have enough balance for tuition or living expenses for the next academic year.
- The message has two signatures listed on the email.
- The message includes an attachment that is designed to look like a billing statement, includes a logo or other graphic, and a signature that may look legitimate.
- The e-mail message is poorly written, with misspellings and awkward sentence structure.
- The sender's e-mail address does not end in ucdavis.edu or appears to end in ucdavis.edu, but when you hover over it, it directs to a different email address. You should always hover over the email address to ensure it ends with ucdavis.edu.
- The message may contain non-UC Davis phone or fax numbers. When in doubt, perform an online search to confirm the status of a phone or fax number.
When in doubt about the legitimacy of a message, do not click on any of the links in the message, and do not take any action to fulfill what is being asked of you.
To confirm where to pay your UC Davis student account, you can login to your MyBill account. Additional payment methods can be found at Campus Cashiering | Finance & Business (ucdavis.edu).
For international wire payments, please use Flywire International Payments (Bank of America)
If you believe you have received a fraudulent e-mail, you may forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.