How can I recognize an email scam?

There has been an increase in fraud and scam emails. Currently, this has taken the form of fraudulent job postings.

Fake job postings come as unsolicited emails sent directly to your account or through online job listing sites. We advise students, faculty, and staff to avoid being scam victims by following these guidelines:

Beware if the email or job posting:

• Does not indicate a company name

• Comes from an email address that doesn’t match the company name

• Offers to pay a large amount of money in exchange for little to no work

• Offers you a job without ever interacting with you

• Asks you to pay an application fee

• Wants you to transfer money from one account to another

• Offers to send you a check before you do any work

• Asks you to give your credit card or bank account numbers

• Asks for copies of personal documents

• Says you must send payment by wire service or courier

• Offers you a large payment for allowing the use of your bank account – often for depositing checks or transferring money

• Sends you an unexpectedly large check

No legitimate employer will send payment in advance and ask the employee to send a portion of it back. 

DO NOT provide any personal information, especially social security numbers or financial information! 


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Article ID: 57670
Created
Wed 7/18/18 1:26 PM
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Thu 6/3/21 10:51 AM