Scam Job Postings
Red Flag Checklist for Fraudulent Job Postings
- Review employer trust score and website for any type of "Red Flags" for potential fraudulent behavior (company domain and email address) and call number on website if you are unsure if contact is legitimate or check LinkedIn for contact person.
- Provide student resource to avoid fraudulent activity. If student receives a check in the mail, report to local police department immediately and do NOT attempt to cash it. Contact Career Planning and Development staff with an email including all communications.
- Refer legitimate employer contacts to file a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission if there is a fraudulent contact.
- Flag employer, contact(s), or job posting as fraudulent. Provide the reason why it is suspicious and what happened in the notes section within Handshake / (CMS) Career Management System. The Handshake team will suspend or archive within 48 hours, depending on investigation.
- Email students to notify them of the situation using the email option within Handshake / (CMS) Career Management System updated with specific information and instructions.
Examples of Methods Used by Fraudulent Recruiters
- You are contacted through an email account that is not identified with the organization name; they use a gmail, yahoo, hotmail, or any other email account that anyone can obtain.
- You are contacted indicating "we got your resume from your school career center" and the email does not mention KSU or Handshake specifically. The email does not contain a specific job title or Job ID to refer back to identify the position, or they are requesting your contact information again through email, after you have submitted your resume through the system.
- You are contacted via email and asked to deposit checks, make bank transfers, or make any type of transaction through your own bank account for suppliers or vendors.
- You must give your credit card or bank account numbers, or they are requesting copies of personal documentation before or during the interview period.
- You must send payment by wire service or courier.
- You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account - often for depositing checks or transferring money.
- You receive an unexpectedly large check in the mail. DO NOT attempt to cash it or deposit it into your account. Contact your local police department immediately.
There are also ways to see if a company is legitimate through various websites.
- Better Business Bureau: http://www.bbb.org/
- Chamber of Commerce: http://www.uschamber.com/
- Hoover’s: http://www.hoovers.com/
- White Pages: http://www.whitepages.com/business/
Advice about Scam Posting from The Sentinel (KSU)
How to Identify a Potentially Fraudulent Job Posting, Rutgers ‐ Student Resources
Fraudulent Job Postings Warning
If you feel uncomfortable or unsure about an email or job posting, it is always best to pursue another opportunity. Feel free to call or email us if you have questions about a position posted through the Handshake system.
The Department of Career Planning & Development posts job listings for the convenience of students. The University does not endorse or recommend employers and a posting does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. The University explicitly makes no representations or guarantees about job listings or the accuracy of the information provided by the employer. The University is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off‐campus employment without limitation. It is the responsibility of students to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting private, off‐campus employment and to thoroughly research the facts and reputation of each organization to which they are applying. Students should be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.