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Wire fraud has been in the news this year. It involves criminals who carefully research organizations. They seek to find someone in authority (supervisor, CEO, director, etc…) and the person who handles money and office tasks.
Recently these criminals have been targeting student clubs. A club website clearly lists all club officers, their titles and their email addresses. It appears that a new scam is in play:
● A fake email from the club president asks the club secretary to make a cash transaction of some sort. This email is sent with common email forging tools.
Typically, only one email is sent to the club treasurer. There are no hacks required for this scam. Instead, the hackers just perform clever Google searches to identify a club and its officers.
About the fake email from the club president:
The attacker uses a hidden Reply-To: line to redirect email replies to himself. The Reply-To: line overrides the From: line when a reply is attempted. Instead of corresponding with the club president (whose address is in the From: field) the treasurer is actually corresponding with the attacker whose address is in the hidden Reply-To field.
If the attacker is clever, he will convince the treasurer to transfer funds. Some of our students corresponded with the attacker before they became alarmed.
Campus Organizations Accounting (COA)
The Campus Organizations Accounting (COA) office is a unit within the Controller’s Department operating under the Division of Finance. COA specializes in oversight of agency funds which are spent primarily by the multiple student organizations at Iowa State University assisting in adherence to University, State and Federal policies. Our pride comes from assisting student fiscal officers through training and programs which allow student payment processing without utilization of private funds. COA also performs annual audits of the spending of Student Government allocations derived from student activity fees.
Treasurer Training: The Campus Organizations Accounting Office is notified when treasurer positions change in the student
organizations data base and new treasurers will be enrolled for Treasurer Training in Blackboard under "My Organizations".
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