Valencia College’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has been made aware that some college students are receiving fraudulent emails from people impersonating employees of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and to be aware.

In these emails, students are being asked for personal information, including financial information. These emails are usually coming to students’ college email addresses, and the sender typically appears to be another student. The warning from Valencia was posted on its Valencia College website.

The scam involves sending students a mailed check and then asking students to transfer the funds to another financial account. The initial checks mailed to students are fraudulent.

Valencia College is encouraging its students to be aware of this kind of fraudulent email and to not email or call the sender. Instead, it’s asking students to report the message as phishing from within your online email account.

If you have additional questions, please contact Valencia College at