Jobs that sound too good to be true should raise a red flag for any
college student. Fake job postings abound in unsolicited e-mails sent to
student accounts and in online job listing sites.
Here’s an e-mail received by the Student Employment Program—the job was rejected:
and Responsible individual is needed to fill the vacant position of a
Personal Assistant (Part time)
Someone who can offer these services:
* Mail services (Receive mails and drop them off at UPS)
* Shop for Gifts
* Sit for delivery (at your home) or pick items up at nearby post office
at your convenience. (You will be notified when delivery would be
An IUP student received the following e-mail in his IUP e-mail account:
“If you are resourceful, organized, good with paperwork and honest, you can make
three hundred dollars ($300) a week, as a business assistant.
This flexible but formal position would only take at most two hours of your time
daily, or even less, depending on your work-speed.
You would be needed Mondays through Fridays, but the job's flexibility lies in the
fact that your duties are clear-cut and would take little of your time to be
Kindly get back to me ASAP if you are interested and wish to know more about this
While IUP IT Services makes every attempt to block these types of e-mails, scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to bypass the system.
Here are some tips to help you identify fake jobs. You should always
carefully research the legitimacy of employers before applying.
Watch out for overpayment scams. These are often posted as a
bookkeeper, personal assistant, administrative assistant, etc., to
assist in processing checks or mystery/secret shoppers. The “company”
sends a check to the “assistant” (student), who is then responsible for
taking their “salary” out of the check and wiring the remainder of the
money back to the “company.” These checks are fraudulent and can leave
you out thousands of dollars and facing criminal charges.
No legitimate employer will send payment in advance and ask the employee to send a portion of it back. DO NOT provide any personal information, especially Social Security numbers or financial information!
If you have concerns about the legitimacy of a job or internship posting, please contact the IUP Career and Development Center at 724-357-2235 or email@example.com. If you feel that you’ve been the victim of a scam, please contact University Police at 724-357-2141. Job scam emails can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org for investigation.