Protect Yourself From Online Scams

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Lehman community, be #cybersmart and stay safe online with these dos and don'ts we compiled from the College's IT Division.

  • Don't click links or download attachments from senders you don't recognize.
  • Do contact the IT Help Desk at to verify an email's legitimacy or report suspicious activity.
  • Don't respond to unsolicited emails that offer stay-at-home jobs and financial assistance. And never send money in response to an email that asks for a job application processing fee. 

  • Do make sure that your virus protection software is up to date.  
  • Don't ignore weird red flags. There are often tell-tale signs when an email is fraudulent. For example, it may have obvious spelling or grammar errors, bad formatting, or a 'from' email address that doesn't match the display name.  
  • Don't provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or any other personal information in response to an email or phone call.    
  • Do learn more about identifying and avoiding online scammers. You can start with this tip sheet. CUNY has also launched a 25-minute interactive cybersecurity awareness course for students; you'll find it in Blackboard under Your Organizations. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take an online security awareness course at