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New Phishing Scam: SUNY COVID-19 Benefits

Scam alert: Watch out for fake emails and phone calls offering COVID-19 financial benefits. Scammers are using legitimate marketing sites, such as, to create official-looking forms sent from a fake university email account. People are also reporting robot phone calls using the COVID-19 Benefits message. This scam is similar to the Employee Assistance Program phish seen in January and March.

If you receive a suspicious email or phone call:

  1. Do not click on the links, fill out the forms, or give personal information over the phone.
  2. Report suspected phishes to the IT Security Office.
  3. Check official-looking emails against the list of Verified Cornell Communications (login required) and search the Phish Bowl to see if it is a known scam.

Text of the Message

“The State University of New York has decided to assist all employees and students in getting through the current community hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning this week, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the State University of New York will provide up to $4,000 in financial assistance to all employees and students experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

To register successfully, visit the SUNY COVID-19 Benefits page and carefully follow all instructions, entering the most relevant information.

Through the COVID-19 Support program, Green Dot and the State University of New York are collaborating to provide assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.

Providing assistance to our employees, students, and community is critical during these trying times.

With sincere gratitude,

The State University of New York.
COVID-19 Support Program”

*Not a real SUNY student or employee

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