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ACCC Warns Students of Work-at-Home Scam

May 15, 2007

Atlantic Cape Community College wants to alert its current and former students to beware of a mail scam involving a work-at-home scheme.

College officials learned earlier this week that an ACCC student received a letter in late March purportedly from a rubber company headquartered in London, welcoming her to part-time employment in the company's "Account" department.  As part of the job, she would accept weekly deposits into her bank account, from which she would deduct $400 in wages, sending the balance to the company's headquarters.

The mailing included a fraudulent $5,000 check made out to the student and an enclosed letter listed personal information about the student.  The letter stated the information was received from Atlantic Cape Community College.

To date, the college has not heard that any other students received the letter and ACCC officials do not believe the school's student information system was breached. "We are in the process of thoroughly reviewing the matter, but at this point we are treating it as an isolated case," said Douglas Hedges, dean of information technology services.

ACCC has notified the US Postal Service and Hamilton Township Police Department of the matter.  Anyone who receives such a solicitation involving ACCC is asked to contact ACCC's Security Department, (609) 343-5125.