PHISHING ALERT

Job Posting Scams

PHISHING ALERT: Job Posting Scams

Scam artists target students by posting fraudulent job opportunities, often under real company names. If you notice a suspicious job posting in JBU Handshake, please notify Career Development immediately at CDC@jbu.edu. Phishing scams attempt to trick students into providing sensitive information (social security, credit card, or bank account #) or sending money.  

Scams can often be recognized if they involve one of the following suspicious actions:

  • They ask for money or personal financial information (i.e. credit card #, bank account #).
  • Posting seems to be a reputable, familiar company, but, email domain does not match the company’s domain (often easy to determine from the company website or Google search).
  • The contact email address contains the domain @live.com.
  • The position includes spelling or grammatical errors.
  • The position originally seems like a traditional job, but upon further research is more like an independent contractor. Many times it is advertised to sell products such as books, cutlery, or security systems. While they may be a legitimate business, these jobs often involve risks you may not be ready to take like paying for taxes, your own profit (and loss), and often invest money to start.
  • You get a large check (checks are typically less than $500, generally sent or deposited on Fridays).
  • You are asked to provide a photo of yourself.
  • The position is an Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly jobs, or Online Surveys.
  • The employer responds to you immediately regarding your resume. This can often happen with small companies, but with larger companies, there is a longer process.
  • The salary is unusually high or the salary range is very wide.
  • Employer contacts you by phone, however, there is no way to call them back. Number is not available. The Symplicity team often uses the Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.org/us/consumers/), Hoovers (http://www.hoovers.com/) and AT&T’s Anywho (http://www.anywho.com/) to verify.
  • The employer says they do not have an office in your area, and need you to get it running (these postings often include a request for banking information, supposedly to help the employer make transactions).

Ways to Avoid Phishing                                                                  

  • Take a look at their website. Does it appear legit? Many scammers create fake websites.
  • Watch for anonymity. Fraud postings are illegal so scammers try to stay hidden.
  • Google the company name and see if “scam” is listed next to their name in your search.
  • Google the employer’s phone #, fax #, and/or email address and see if they are connected to an actual business organization.

We strive to screen our employers before placing them before our students on JBU CareerLink. Unfortunately, scammers are getting better at getting their fraudulent postings before students. If you have any concerns about a potential employer, job, or internship please contact Career Development at CDC@jbu.edu.