By Aubrey Byron, News Editor

A campus wide email was sent on November 20 warning students of a phishing scam. The scam was done via email masquerading as the University of Missouri-St. Louis financial aid office.

The email to warn students read as follows, “You may have received an email… asking you to complete a survey for a CVS gift card. That email is a scam. If you clicked through the links and took the survey, it tries to install malware on your computer.”

The email continues, informing students if they did follow the instructions of the scam, to run an antivirus scan of their computer system. Students are also warned to beware of emails offering free item, such as gift cards. For more information on phishing scams, visit the phishing scams page at