These are targeted and simple forms of phishing emails designed to get victims to interact and establish a rapport. The messages start out as basic greetings or job opportunities and then progress into requests for money or data.
Tips if Something Seems Off:
Double-check the email address before responding
Look to make sure the email address is correct. In Gmail hover your mouse over the sender name for the email to display. On a mobile phone or a touchscreen, press and hold the link (don't tap!) to reveal the actual URL. (Look in the bottom left corner of the browser window.) Don't click on a link unless it goes to a URL you trust.
Follow up with the sender separately
If you didn’t expect it, reject it. Or follow-up with the individual directly in a separate email or call/text to confirm.
Report and/or flag it
Examples of these types of attacks include:
--------- Forwarded message ---------
Subject: STUDENT PART - TIME JOB
We got your contact through your school database and I'm happy to inform
you that our reputable company Cisco Inc® is currently running a student
empowerment program. This program is to help devoted and hardworking
students secure a part time job which does not deter them from doing any
other, you just need a few hours to do this weekly and with an attractive
KINDLY EMAIL BACK WITH YOUR ALTERNATE EMAIL ADDRESS IF INTERESTED IN THIS