Students use a variety of resources to find a job or internship. Unfortunately, we continue to see a number of employment scams that college students are encountering. Most recently, these scam artists have been directly emailing students about their supposed opportunities. Many students have reported the emails they receive say that the "employer" received the student's information through our Career Center. Unfortunately, a few have fallen prey to these ‘jobs'.
Here are some red flags to be aware of:
1. You are contacted through an email account that is not identified with the organization name; they use a Gmail, Yahoo, AOL etc. address instead. Another indicator is if their email domain name doesn't match the business they claim to be working for. Look carefully for slight misspellings in the email address or web address.
2. You are contacted indicating "we got your resume from your school career center" and the email does not mention EIU or PANTHER TraCS specifically. The email does not contain a specific job title or they are requesting your contact information again through email. Always be cautious when sharing personal information, such as mailing address, phone number, social security number, identification number, or banking information.
3. There is no specific location listed. Be suspicious if it is advertised as a local part-time position, but it lists the location as "nationwide."
4. You receive an unexpectedly large check in the mail. DO NOT attempt to cash it or deposit it into your account. Contact the police!
5. The job duties described are vague and/or the language is poor and full of grammatical errors.
Here is a recent example of a scam emailed to a student claiming to be from Advanced Processing and Imaging (API):
We have a vacancy for the position of an Customer Service Representative and an Accounts Officer. We are currently interviewing a couple of candidates for the position for the aforementioned positions. However, we have not sourced interested candidates for the position of the Account Officer. If you apply for that I can guarantee you the position if you are determined. Your primary responsibility as our account officer will be to handle payments from time to time from our customers. I am the head of the accounts department so I can assist you whenever you need more tutoring or information about the position. The form of payments from our customers usually come in check payments and bank transfers so its your choice to let us know which option suits you. I started from this level we are offering you so I can assure you that if you take the job seriously and are enthused in whatever tasks you are assigned you will be successful and promoted to a higher position in no time. Your starting salary will be between $5,000-$10,000 before tax along side company benefits on a monthly basis and you can make as much as $1,000 to $2,000 on a weekly basis. Please be aware that you can take this position regardless of your location we have customers worldwide and nationwide and the position is very flexible so in case you have another job you can still take this position. Kindly revert to me if you are interested with the following details.
Mailing Address :
Present Job(If any):
Mobile Phone #:
Contact Phone #:
Alternative Contact e-mail address:
Our Career Center works directly with legitimate employers looking to hire EIU students for full-time employment and internships. All job postings and employers requesting access to our PANTHER TraCS site are pre-screened on a daily basis. E-mails generated from this database to students will have @csm.symplicity.com in the address.
IF YOU IDENTIFY A POTENTIAL SCAM:
Please notify Career Services by calling 217-581-2412 or forward the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
End all communication with the employer, and if personal information was disclosed, monitor your accounts over the next few days, to be on the safe side.
IF YOU HAVE BECOME A VICTIM OF A SCAM:
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided the following instructions for students who have responded to fraudulent postings:
• The student should immediately contact the local police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state).
• If it is a situation where the student has sent money to a fraud employer, the student should contact their bank or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.
• If the incident occurred completely over the Internet, the student should file an incident report with the United States Department of Justice at http://www.cybercrime.gov/, or by calling the FTC at: 1 (877) FTC-HELP or 1 (877) 382-4357.