MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A scam email is targeting students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech, according to campus police.
The email, which has a subject line of “BE A STAR FOR NFL” is circulating and asking people to use their personal cars to advertise for a company called “adweek”.
Campus police say that the email is coming from the Director of Athletics, Whit Babcock. These emails include a reply address for “@adweekad.co”, in which then, the victim who replies back is sent a check to deposit into their bank account. Afterward, the victim is asked to get a money order to pay for the wrapping of their vehicle and is told to hand it off to a “specialist” — who is one of the scammers.
The check given to the scammer is fake, leaving the victim out of twice the amount of money.
Campus police say if you receive an email offering you a chance to make money, be suspicious. They also suggest you mark the email as SPAM and do not respond to the email. Any further communication with the scammers should be stopped and if you have received a check, contact Virginia Tech Police Department. You can report the crime at 540-382-4343 or online here.
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