Student Employment Center
Scam Alerts and Reporting Scams
In your search for employment you need to look out for certain signs of employer scams.
The FTC cautions students to look for the following tell-tale lines.
Online Job Scam Warning Signs
- You're offered a job without an application, interview, or discussion with the employer
- The company asks you to wire money or asks for your credit card information
- The company asks for personal information like your social security number or driver’s license number
- You are promised high pay for not much work
- The company asks you to pay for a credit report as part of the application process
- You are told you have to pay for training
- You're asked to cash a check and forward some of the money to a third party
- The salary details aren't clear
- If the company doesn't pay an hourly rate or a salary, carefully investigate the details
Helpful Tips and Links
- Google the company name plus "scam" or "rip off." This will give you some information on the company if it's not legitimate.
- FTC Consumer Alert
Due to the rise of internet crimes and the continued versions of the various scams promising money and instead compromising a person’s identity and or credit history, you are urged to be cautious.
If you are the victim of a scam, always report the crime to local law enforcement. In addition, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center helps to educate students looking for employment off campus. The site http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx provides information on new scams and archives of old scams, as well as reporting a crime.