Attackers have been targeting the UIC student community with emails advertising fake job opportunities. In particular, emails received on Sunday, May 13 with the subject "Subject: Re: Administrative Assistant" are part of a scam designed to trick students into sending money to the attackers.
In this type of scam, the attacker (email sender) requests the name, phone number, and postal/email addresses of people who respond to the email wanting to make extra cash. Once interest is expressed, the attacker follows-up with a phone call (in this case from phone number (403) 814-0353). The caller then proceeds to instruct the responder to deposit checks in their personal bank account. Once funds are available, the victim is instructed to purchase gift cards and send the card numbers of the associated gift cards to the listed email address.
This is a common scam in which the scam artists attempt to get a person to deposit a fraudulent check into their bank account, realizing that many banks will allow you to receive cash back before the usual 3 day processing period. After the 3 day processing period, the bank notifies the account holder that the check was fraudulent and the account holder loses funds and is often held responsible for repayment of the amounts already sent to the attacker.
This particular scam was designed to appear as if it was a university-sponsored job that required one hour a day, 3 days a week, paying $620 weekly.
We are not including the text of the email scam in this notice, but indicators that this email is a scam:
Unusually high pay
Employer is unable to meet in-person due to being out of the country
Poor spelling, grammar and punctuation
Dubious job activities: “help me Mail letters, Make payments at Walmart and purchase some Items when needed.”
Requests a reply with Full name, Residential Address, and personal email
As always, individuals are advised to scrutinize unsolicited email for signs that it may be an attack or scam before replying with information or clicking on links.
If you received this email and responded with your information, please contact the UIC Police for assistance.
President Killeen recently sent a message about a change to the Civil Service exemption process. I wanted to provide an explanation of the process, who it impacts and what we can expect at UIC.
Over the course of the last year, the University of Illinois System joined other public universities and the State Universities Civil Service System (SUCSS) to develop new criteria for exempting positions from the Civil Service system. The public universities and SUCSS agreed to a new set of procedures that complies with state law while allowing us to continue to exempt positions from the Civil Service system, when appropriate. These new procedures will take effect on October 1, 2018.
It is important to note that UIC has been following a process similar to the new procedures since the Job Analysis Project began in 2011. Given that fact, there will not be a large impact on how we currently or will analyze positions in the future. If there are any enhancements to our current process that result from these new procedures, UIC HR will work closely with our campus partners to communicate and implement any related changes.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
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Over the last year, the University of Illinois System joined other public universities in talks with the State Universities Civil Service System (SUCSS) to develop new procedures for exempting positions from the civil service system.
I write to share the news that an agreement has been reached that complies with state law while still allowing us to exempt academic professional positions from the civil service system, as appropriate. The system and university human resource offices are in the process of communicating the details of the new procedures and implementation plans.
This has been a tremendous effort by many stakeholders across the state, including our system and university human resources staff, system and university leadership, employee advisory committees, and members of our Board of Trustees who also serve on the SUCSS merit board.
I am grateful to all of them and to SUCSS for their vital role in developing innovative solutions that maintain our ability to hire academic professional positions. Staffing colleges, departments, and units with the best and most qualified talent to carry out our mission is crucial to our success.
This mailing approved by:
Office of the President