Lansing Community College

Students targeted with phishing emails

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During the past two months, LCC students have been sent phishing emails that advertise fake job openings. The emails use the subject line “Intern Remote Position”, “Research Assistant Position Available” or something similar. The criminals then continue to request personal information, send a fake paycheck for needed office supplies, and ask students to convert the paycheck into cash apps and bitcoin.
Some of the reported spoofed (fake) senders are:

Scroll down to see some examples of these phishing emails.
 Always be careful of phishing emails! Here are a few tips:

  • If an email looks suspicious, forward it to the LCC Help Desk at or call them at 517-483-5221. They are happy to help you figure it out!
  • Check the “From:” address to verify that you recognize the sender.
  • Check links/attachments before clicking them. You can check a link by either using your mouse to hover over it or by pressing and holding down a link (as opposed to tapping it) on your phone or tablet. You can check an attachment by uploading it to
  • If the message represents itself as something official, or is attempting to pressure you into some sort of action, check it out first! Use the web to research its origin and use the contact information you find there as opposed to what is included in the message.
  • LCC student employment opportunities are listed at and won’t ask you to text/email a professor.
  • NEVER give your password to anyone, either by clicking a link or verbally telling someone. LCC will NEVER ask you for your password.
  • Know that LCC emails will be sent to you from the domain
  • Emails from LCC (or any legitimate company) will have contact information (phone, website, etc.) so you can verify the authenticity of the email.
  • A legitimate job would never send you a payment/check before you had an interview, processed HR/legal paperwork, or had training for the job.
  • Be careful of requests from companies/individuals that communicate through instant message, and look for grammatical/spelling errors in communications.

If you have any questions for need further information, please check out our Infosecurity How-to Guides or contact me at
Paul H. Schwartz
Director of Information Security
Lansing Community College

Here are three examples of the emails we’ve seen sent to LCC students:
--------------First Example Phish Email---------
Date: Tue, Nov 21, 2023 at 7:59 PM

The Computer Science Department, Lansing Community College is currently seeking research assistants to work remotely. All majors are welcome to apply, and if selected, you will be paid a weekly salary of $370. The ideal candidates must have strong attention to detail and proficiency in computer skills.

Please note that the available spots for this position are limited and will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, please send an email to including your full name, year of study, department, and email address. Additional details about the requirements of the role will be provided by Professor Michael Ray Smith.

We wish you the best of luck with your application.


Professor Michael Ray Smith.

--------------Second Example Phish Email---------
From: Xavier DI GIORGIO <>
Date: Sat, Nov 4, 2023 at 6:23 PM
Subject: OPEN SLOTS!!!!!!!!!
There is a pressing need for student research assistants at Lansing Community College. The team will be accepting interns remotely (working from home) with a weekly pay of $350 as compensation for services. This position is available to students from any department of the institution, and tasks can be carried out remotely. Slots are few, and consideration will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

To proceed with the application, kindly text Professor Rose, Michelle at+1-667-439-1919 stating your full alias, email, department, and year of study about the job description and further application requirements.

Best Wishes,

Rose, Michelle
Mathematics and Computer Science
Lansing Community College


--------------Third Example Phish Email---------
From: Mahmoud Abaoldh <abol***>
Date: Fri, Oct 20, 2023, 11:02 AM
Subject: Dear Staff and Students

Busy small business owner is seeking an office admin/personal assistant to help with general tasks.

Work time is up to 8 hours a week, $550 per week,  hours can be split throughout the week. You'd have to choose what hours work best for you

APPLY NOW [contains a hidden link to a form asking for your personal information]


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