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Wi-Fi scam could steal personal information from college students

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PASCO, Wash.- College students may be targeted by a scam called "sniffing".

Many schools like CBC and WSU Tri-Cities offer wireless Internet to their students.

Security experts say scammers can set up fake "hot spots" on campus where students think they're logging onto the school's connection.

Then the hacker can get all the information the student gives online. Like bank accounts numbers and E-mails.

"If the network you log into doesn't prompt you for a username or password than it's definitely not ours. Our students need to put in their ID and pin number," says CBC Director of Information Services Brian Dexter.

Dexter says students should know what their school's Wi-Fi network is called, and not use unknown networks.

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