Scam Alert

Scam Alert
Posted on 12/01/2022

It has been brought to our attention that school community members are receiving fraudulent text messages claiming to be division leaders asking for money or purchases. We want to protect you this holiday season from being scammed into giving away money or you or your child’s private information. Below are a few reminders and tips to help you avoid falling victim to these types of scams.

Reminders

  • Our division leaders will not text message staff, students, or families to ask for money.
  • CHPS staff members will never ask you to purchase anything via email or text message.
  • CHPS will never ask you to share your credit card information via email or text message.
  • CHPS does not ask for purchases or information via robo-calls.
  • Any requests for personal information like your address, birth date, or contact info will only be requested on forms sent home with your child on paper, shared on our division website, or placed in PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Tips

  • When in doubt, call us! If you ever receive email or phone communication from a CHPS staff member that seems suspicious, don’t hesitate to call the appropriate building phone number to confirm the communication. The directories for each department in CHPS can be found on our division webpage.
  • Never give out your credit card or bank account information via text message or email unless you are the one who initiated the text or email.
  • Scammers and hackers can not only be after your information, but they can also be after your child’s information.
  • Phishing emails often contain odd sender email addresses and misspellings/typos.
  • If you suspect a message is fraudulent, do not click any hyperlinks or attachments in the message. This is how attackers disguise malicious web locations and files.

Terms to Know

  • personally identifiable information (PII): information that directly or indirectly identifies a person, like name, address, social security number or other identifying number or code, telephone number, email address, etc.
  • phishing: an attacker sends a fraudulent message that ultimately asks the receiver to provide PII, financial information, or download malicious files
  • ransomware: an attacker obtains PII through phishing or another method and requires a ransom in order to not share this PII out to the public or other attackers

If you’d like to learn more about online safety and security, here are a few great resources you can check out.

CHPS is also proud to have our very own student data privacy officer, Julie Bowles, and cyber security specialist, Mike Zaweski. Together, they work together to keep CHPS staff and student data secure.

You can report any suspected fraudulent activity on your school accounts or coming from an apparent CHPS account to our Director of Technology & Learning by emailing [email protected].

 

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