Career Development Offers Tips to Avoid Job Posting Scam

The Center for Career Development wants to remind you to be cautious of fraudulent job postings and phishing emails that advertise part-time jobs. The center has provided a list of the key things to know to avoid a job posting scam:

  1. Do not give your personal bank account, PayPal account, or credit card numbers to a new employer.  
  2. Do not agree to have funds or paychecks direct deposited into any of your accounts by a new employer – you should know them first.  Most employers give the option of direct deposit or a paycheck, and make these arrangements during your first day or week of actual employment on site, not before.
  3. Do not forward, transfer, send by courier (ex: FedEX, UPS) , or “wire” any money to any employer, for any employer, using your personal accounts(s).
  4. Do not transfer money and retain a portion for payment.
  5. Do not respond to suspicious or “too good to be true” unsolicited job emails.
  6. In general, applicants do not pay a fee to obtain a job. There are some rare exceptions so be careful, and consult with a professional at the Center for Career Development first.

If you are ever concerned about a job or internship posting, the Center for Career Development will help you research the posting.  Contact Mary Mahoney, assistant director at the Center for Career Development, for assistance at 865-974-5435.