Don’t fall victim to a job scam!
Employment scams and fraudulent activity on job seeking websites have risen dramatically during this time of unprecedented COVID-19 related unemployment (Forbes, Job Hunting Scams amid COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020.)
If you are using external job posting websites to search for employment, you must be vigilant in researching and verifying posted positions and contacts. Remember that scammers can find a variety of personal contact information on the web by compromising email accounts. As a result, it is possible that you could receive an unsolicited phishing email, text message, or phone call from a fraudulent contact regarding an alleged employment opportunity.
Students are encouraged to not re-use their MU password on any other site and consider using a password manager, like this one.
Experiential Learning & Career Management’s Career Connection system offers students access to verified employer-posted internship and full-time job opportunities. ELCM verifies the legitimacy of employer organizations and the posted positions and does not release your personal information to employers.
Tips to recognize suspicious job postings:
- You are asked to send money, cash checks or transfer funds to an employer.
- You are asked to provide personal or financial account information via email or a messaging service.
- Spelling errors and poor grammar in the ad.
- The individual uses a personal email account like Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.
- If the offer is too good to be true, it probably is.
For more information on Employer Scams visit ELCM’s website or contact them for assistance at email@example.com or 717-871-7655. If you have been a victim of a scam or any other Internet-related scam, notify University Police and consider filing a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov