- If a job sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.
- Don’t provide financial information or your Social Security number! Legitimate employers won’t ask for your bank account details or your SSN.
- Do not send money! Legitimate employers will not ask you to wire money or pay for services.
- When in doubt, look for the job posting on the employer’s official website. Much like phishing emails, scam job postings often capitalize on well-known names and images. Do not follow links from the suspicious posting, which could take you to a cosmetically similar page, and check the employment page to be sure the opening is real. Calling the company in question (again, using publicly available contact information) is another good strategy.
- If you experience anything unusual about a job posting in Handshake, please contact CCI as soon as possible and flag the posting in Handshake.
- The same warning signs that signal fraudulent emails and websites: bad grammar and spelling, requests for personal information, and difficulty contacting or identifying the poster are all clear signs of trouble.
- Request for an initial investment.
- Request for bank account access.
- Requests for payment or transferring money.
- Offers to pay a large amount of money for little work.
- Offers you a job without interviewing/interacting with you.
- You are contacted by phone, and the number is not available.
- Vague descriptions that focus on money rather than the job.
- Email domain that doesn’t match the employer’s official domain.
- Email domain of a free provider is used such as live.com, yahoo.com, hotmail.com, gmail.com etc. Legitimate organizations almost always have their own email systems.
- Website that has information only on the job you’re applying for, rather than about the company in general.
What if I’m already involved in a scam?
Resources from Handshake
Best Practices for Job Searches
Protecting Your Personal Information
Handshake Terms of Service
Middlebury College – Tips on spotting phishing
Federal Trade Commission – Avoiding and Reporting Scams
World Privacy Forum, Consumer Tips: Critical Tips For Job Seekers to Avoid Job Scams
Better Business Bureau, Scam Tracker