CWRU | First Year

How to spot (and avoid) a job scam

Jobs that sound too good to be true should raise a red flag for any college student. Fake job postings abound in unsolicited emails and in online job listing sites. Fake jobs can be attempts to steal personal information about you or steal money or bank account information from you. You could also get entangled in criminal activity.

Practice caution. Always carefully research the legitimacy of employers before applying to any position, and never provide any personal information, especially Social Security numbers or financial information, to a potential employer.

Specifically, beware of email or job postings that:

  • Do not indicate the company name
  • Come from an email address that doesn’t match the company name
  • Do not give the employer contact information
  • Offer to pay a large amount for almost no work
  • Offer you a job without ever interacting with you
  • Ask to use your personal email rather than your school email address
  • Ask you to pay an application fee
  • Ask you to print checks at home and then deposit them into your bank account
  • Ask you to purchase pre-paid store cards or gift cards
  • Want you to transfer money from one account to another
  • Offer to send you a check before you do any work
  • Ask you to give your credit card or bank account numbers
  • Ask for copies of personal documents
  • Say you must send payment by wire service or courier
  • Offer you a large payment for allowing the use of your bank account, often for depositing checks or transferring money
  • Send you an unexpectedly large check

Download the flier from University Technology, [U]tech, for more tips to stay safe.