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Beware of Job Scams: A Message from The Career Center

During this busy time of year as you prepare for your post-graduation and summer work plans, we know you’re using a variety of resources to find a job or internship. Unfortunately, we continue to see a number of employment scams college students are encountering. Some of these crop up in more obvious places such as Craig’s List and sometimes a few even make it past our screening processes onto CSU job boards. Most recently, these scam artists have been directly emailing students about their supposed opportunities. Unfortunately, a few have fallen prey to these ‘jobs’, losing hundreds of dollars of their own money. 


The Career Center has continued to tighten our screening process to prevent these scams from being posted on our job/internship boards and we’ve put some language on our home page, cautioning you what to look out for. You can also flag suspicious jobs in our system for us to follow-up on. Here are the most common indicators you should be aware of:

  • The business name is not easily identifiable and no clear business website is listed. Or, if there is a website, there is no substance to the content.
  • The email address of the ‘recruiter’ doesn’t point to a business website and/or is a gmail, yahoo, aol, etc. address. Another indicator is if their email domain name doesn’t match the business they claim to be working for. 
  • The employer offers to send a check to you to deposit into your own account. You are told to keep a percentage of it for your own pay but are then asked to withdraw cash, using it to pay for various items that they ship to ‘clients’. Or you are asked to immediately transfer funds from your account to the ‘employers’ business accounts. After the check clears (which can take a few days to a few weeks), they are discovered to be fraudulent.
  • The job is advertised as high-paying, no experience necessary, work your own hours, work at home and so on – if it’s too good to be true, it probably is!
  • The job duties described are vague and/or the language is poor and full of grammatical errors. 
  • Commonly the job duties entail clerical work at home, typing, shipping packages, and personal assistant/shopping duties. Oftentimes the employer is out of the country and never actually interviews of meets you face-to-face. 
  • The employer requires you to pay money or a ‘membership fee’ in order to access opportunities.
  • The employer only interviews you through a Google Hangout or other online chat function.  There is never a phone or in-person interview. 

Ultimately, the best place for you to find employment is through Handshake, Student Employment Services, or other reputable job/internship sites, which we are happy to help you with! Also, check out this great resource from Student Employment Services regarding job scams. If you are in doubt about an opportunity, don’t hesitate to contact The Career Center at 970-491-5707.