Job Scam Prevention Tips
- Unexpected emails (even from people you know) could be scams
- Unexpected email attachments could contain computer viruses
- If you receive an unexpected email or attachment, call (not email) the person to make sure it’s real
- Clicking on links in unexpected emails can link to viruses or password-stealing forms
- Forward suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Look out for imposter companies that use similar-looking – but misspelled – website addresses and email addresses
- Look up the address on Google Maps to see if the address is real; make sure the name of the employer on Google Maps matches the job posting
- See the Career Services Work and Volunteer webpage for how to research employers
- Is the pay too high for the hours of work and responsibilities?
- Is the job title too advanced for a student position, such as a director or a manager level position with little experience required?
- Is the job description vague?
- These cheques will bounce, and you (not the bank) will lose the money
- Being asked to deposit an image of a cheque using your banking app is highly suspicious
- Your employer should supply you with the tools for the job, not the other way around
- You are responsible for paying back your credit card for purchases you make
They should pay you, not the other way around.