Polk State warns of scam and phishing emails

Posted on by Polk Newsroom

Polk State College works diligently to identify and block harmful or scam emails to Polk State email accounts, but from time to time, phishing or spoofing emails get through the College’s system and into email inboxes. Polk State was recently notified of phishing attempts targeting my.polk.edu email accounts, specifically an email pertaining to  a “school job” from an unknown Gmail account titled COLLEGE OFFER. This phishing email included an attachment soliciting student information through a Google Forms link.

The College uses email accounts to communicate general information about College enrollment periods, emergency closures, and system outages. Polk State does not use College email to advertise on- or off-campus employment opportunities. Polk State employment opportunities are advertised here, on www.higheredjobs.com, and the College’s internship and job portal, Handshake. Off-campus job opportunities may also be posted in Canvas in the Virtual Student Center. They will not be sent to College email accounts. Anyone with questions about College positions and employment opportunities is encouraged to contact the HR Recruiting Team at careers@polk.edu.

The College encourages everyone to be aware of unusual or suspicious emails, to report them to IT by emailing phish@polk.edu, and to delete them from inboxes. Do not click on the links or open attachments associated with suspicious emails.