Scam Targeting Students Looking for Jobs

  • JWU IT has learned of several scams targeting our students seeking jobs across the United States. Students are receiving emails to their school accounts recruiting them for various employment opportunities. (An example of this scam email is below.)

    The scammers obtain names of job-seekers from various employment websites where names and resumes have been posted. The scammers send checks to job-seeking victims, under false pretenses of paying in advance. The victims are instructed to deposit the checks into their personal bank accounts, keep a portion of the check for their time worked, and then send any remaining money back to the scammers via Western Union.

    These checks are fake. Once the bank discovers this, the victim must repay the full amount of the bogus check to the bank.

    Consequences for victims of this scam can be harsh. If bogus checks are cashed for the scammers and money is sent back to them:

    • It's almost a certainty you'll have to repay the bank -- out of your pocket -- the amount that was sent to the scammers, unless you track down the scammers and get the money back.
    • You risk having your identity stolen because the scammers may gain access to your bank account number and other personal information.
    • You may face criminal charges of mail and wire fraud.
    • This could adversely affect your credit record.

    Tips on Protecting Yourself from this Scam

    • If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Beware.
    • Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account and wiring them to different accounts.
    • Look for incorrect grammar, capitalization, and verb tenses. English is not the native language of many scammers.
    • Be suspicious of any employer or company that does not have a bricks-and-mortar street address and telephone number. (Example: Only displays a PO Box or website.) Call the telephone number, if listed, and ask to speak to the human resources office about the job. While there are hundreds of legitimate online "dotcom" businesses, most job scams work exclusively through email and websites.
    • Never provide personal information of any kind, such as bank account information, login names, passwords, or any other identifying information, in response to a recruitment email.
    • Check the employer’s status with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the city or state in which the employer is located.
    • Report suspicious job offers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and your state attorney general's office.
    • Forward these suspicious emails to JWU IT at it@jwu.edu.
    • Tell your friends to watch out for this scam.

    Sample scam email
    Sample Job Scam Email