Warning: Identity theft schemes target college students
Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017
We want you to be aware that a wave of nationwide phishing scams is targeting college students. “Phishing” is sending emails that appear to be legitimate in order to get you to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
No incidents have been reported at TCC. But students at a number of colleges nationwide have reported several different types of online scams.
According to the FBI, one involves phony employment opportunities:
“Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. This ‘employment’ results in a financial loss for participating students.”
At Dartmouth College, several thousand students received emails that appeared to be from the college’s president. The messages included links to websites with malware.
At Louisiana State University, spambots were sending out emails impersonating the university's help desk. Scammers even created a fraudulent version of Wellesley College’s student login page.
Phishing scams are easy to fall for. They can impersonate banks, legitimate sites like Paypal or TCC offices.
Remember that NO legitimate organizations, including TCC, will send you an email asking for your personal information. If you receive such an email, do not click on any links or even open it. Call us at 757-822-1122 to confirm its authenticity. DO NOT GIVE ANYONE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.
If you think you have received a phishing email on your TCC account, contact the TCC Help Desk at email@example.com or 757-822-2457.
Email set-up instructions have changed
Posted Friday, April 15, 2016
Because of recent identity theft activity, the instructions for setting up your TCC email have changed.
Set up your security questions in myTCC today!
Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2016
A feature on the new myTCC asks you to set up security questions so that, as with many other websites, you can reset your password if you forget it.
However, students who fail to set up these questions will be locked out of their accounts without warning.
Log in to myTCC today and set up your security questions so you maintain your access.
Should you find yourself locked out, call us at 757-822-1122 and select option #4. A staff member will reset your password for you.
Coming Monday, March 7: A new, improved myTCC!
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2016
When you log in to myTCC starting Monday, you will see something new: A fresh look for myTCC that is cleaner and user-friendly. It is also responsive, meaning that it will look and work great on your mobile devices.
The home page features easy access to:
- SIS, the Student Information System
- Your VCCS email
- Blackboard Learn
- SAILS Early Alert
- Library services
- Virginia Wizard
New functionality will let you set up to 5 security questions so that, if you forget your user name or password, you can restore them using information that only you know.
You will still find announcements about important dates (register for classes, pay tuition) and other information that is geared to keep you in the loop.
If you have questions about the new myTCC, contact the Information Center at 757-822-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.