Students and alumni in the internship and job search process are seeking promising opportunities. Knowing this, fraudulent employers offer hopeful candidates seemingly ideal job opportunities with the intention of stealing their money, identity, and personal information. Although fake job scams have been around a long time, advances in technology make it easier and more lucrative for scammers to pose as potential employers. Cyber criminals fabricate job opportunities that seem real by spoofing the websites of legitimate companies and the emails of real people. Thousands of people report being a victim to employment scams each year and the damages can be significant.
University Career Services works to support students and alumni in exploring career options, and we want to ensure safe job searching practices and precautions. We encourage you to explore this page to learn how to recognize and avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
Check out this 4 minute video from Candid Career with the key Do & Do Nots.
Often, scammers make their proposed job positions look legitimate, making job seekers more likely to fall for their trap. Below are some red flags that are commonly found in fraudulent job offers.
Before applying for any job, it is important to conduct ample research on the company and employer. Below are a few precautions you can take before you accept a job offer to protect yourself from scammers.
Fraudulent employers can be highly persuasive and deceptive. If you think you gave money or personal information to a fraudulent employer, there are actions you can take to minimize the outcome of being scammed. Below are resources that will guide you on what to do next.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Fraudulent Employers: Tips for Students
Top 10 Job Scam Warnings