Friday, July 19th, 2024

Scam Alert: Don’t Fall for Too-Good-to-Be-True Job Offers Online

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:

  1. You are asked to send money, cash checks or transfer funds to an employer.
  2. You are asked to provide personal or financial account information via email or a messaging service.
  3. Spelling errors and poor grammar in the ad.
  4. The individual uses a personal email account like Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.
  5. 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 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

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