Being Cautious in the Job Search
The beginning of the school year is unfortunately a prime time for employment scams targeting college students. Many scams pop up in places like Craigslist, but most recently, these scam artists have been directly emailing students about their fraudulent opportunities. Unfortunately, a few students have been victimized by these scammers, losing hundreds of dollars of their own money.
- Do not give your personal bank account, PayPal account, or credit card information to a prospective employer. Legitimate jobs will not ask for this kind of information on an application, by phone or email.
- Do not agree to have funds or paychecks directly deposited into any accounts by a prospective employer.
- Do not forward, transfer or send by courier (i.e. FedEx, UPS), or “wire” any money to any prospective employer, for any employer, using your personal account(s).
- Do not transfer money to your personal account and retain a portion for payment.
- Do not respond to suspicious and/or “too good to be true” unsolicited job emails. This includes a high salary or wage for a job that requires minimal skills.
- In general, applicants do not pay a fee to obtain a job (but there are some rare exceptions – so be careful, and consult with a professional at Career Connections first).
- Research (i.e. Google) the employer’s phone number, fax number, and/or email address to be sure it is connected to an actual business organization.