Fraudulent Posting Notice


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Disclaimer for Job Databases

The Center for Internships & Career Development makes every reasonable effort to screen employers and opportunities that appear on Handshake. However, we cannot guarantee that every employer and posting you will encounter is legitimate. We urge students to learn as much as they can about the opportunities they are considering. Please be aware that there are FRAUDULENT job postings on many job databases. If you see a job posting that meets the following criteria it’s probably not a real job offer. Do not click on any links in that posting and DO NOT provide any personal information especially social security number or financial information! Thoroughly research the employer and the opportunity. If you suspect that a posting is fraudulent, do not click on any links and do not provide any personal information. 

Contact the Center for Internships and Career Development,, immediately and end all communication with the employer. Employment Scam Targeting College Students Remains Prevalent

If the posting or secondary communications engage in any of the following practices, you should proceed with caution and alert the Center for Internships and Career Development as soon as possible for advice on the next steps:

  • Anonymity is a red flag
  • If the employer responds to your resume immediately, it is most likely fraudulent
    • Resumes take time to be processed because they are generally reviewed by multiple people
  • The application should not ask for a photo
  • Make sure they are jobs and not an advertisement
  • The posting neglects to mention the responsibilities of the job. Instead, the description focuses on the amount of money to be made
  • The position should not indicate a first-year compensation excessively higher than the average pay for the position type
  • A website without – a clear description of the employer/business, an index or information on the posting
  • A website that primarily focuses on the posting
  • The posting lacks all or some of the following information – company name, address, contact information, telephone number, a domain email address, etc.
  • Postins with spelling and grammatical errors
  • Offers to send you a check before you do any work or send you a large check unexpectedly
  • Offers to pay a large amount of money for disproportionally little work
  • Offers you a large payment in exchange for being allowed to use your bank account – “use” defined as depositing checks or transferring money
  • Offers you a job without interviewing/interacting with you
  • Requests that you pay upfront – for anything
  • Requests any of personal identification and information – social security number, bank account numbers, credit card information, copies of your passport, license, photograph or other personal documents
  • Requests you to transfer or wire money from one account to another or make any payments by wire service, money order or courier

How you can research a company and posting

If you believe you are the victim of fraud resulting from a posting, please contact the Department of Public Safety or the police, as well as the Center for Internships and Career Development.  If the incident occurred entirely over the Internet, you can file an incident report with the US Department of Justice, or by contacting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

If you are hired and have concerns about the legitimacy of the company or an unsafe work environment, contact the US Department of Labor