The IUP Career and Professional Development/Student
Employment Program makes every effort to ensure the legitimacy of all
off-campus job postings. Be wary of employers asking for a fee to apply/work
for their organizations. Also, watch for scams in which employers send checks to
potential employees before any work is performed.
Please report any concerns to
the Career and Professional Development Center and to University
Police. Remember, as the potential hire, it is ultimately your
responsibility to protect your financial and employment interests. When in
doubt, check it out!
are a variety of employment scams. Below you will find four examples of
commonly used employment scams
scam occurs after you apply for a position or reply to a spam e-mail. The
employer will reply with instructions for a “test” before employment. As part
of the test, you receive a check in the mail and are asked to deposit the check
into your account and send a certain amount via wire transfer to another
person. The employer promises that you will keep a percentage. It is a
scam because the check is not valid; and if you deposit the check and transfer
the money, you will be responsible for the funds.
this scam, you are charged a fee, usually between $25 and $100, for a
“guaranteed” employment opportunity application. People have used this scam by
posing as members of the cruise line industry, the U.S. Postal Service, and
other organizations. Always check with the company in which you are applying to
learn more about the application process. Employment applications should be
free, and there are no “guaranteed” positions.
scam occurs when you receive an unsolicited e-mail from an employer stating
they saw your posted resume. The “employer” states your skills match the
position for which they are hiring, but they need more information from you.
The employer asks for personal information, which they may use to steal your
identity. Before providing any information, be sure to research the company and
verify the posting. Always be cautious when sharing personal information, such
as mailing address, phone number, Social Security number, identification
number, or banking information.
are legitimate mystery shopping companies that hire college students and others
to provide feedback on stores, restaurants, and businesses. However, there are
scammers posing as mystery shopping companies. This type of scam can occur
through an unsolicited e-mail or via a job board posting. The fraudulent
company asks you to pay a fee to become an employee. This is a scam because you
should not have to pay a company to become an employee. Another variation of
this scam occurs when the employer asks you to review a wire transfer company
and complete a money transfer. This action then becomes a payment forward scam
as described above.
Remember – If a job sounds too good to be true, it's probably a scam!
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