Typical Job Scams Directed at Students

Posted on 10/1/2019 4:06:26 PM

Jobs that sound too good to be true should raise a red flag for any college student. Fake job postings abound in unsolicited emails sent to your student account and in online job listing sites.

Fake jobs can be attempts to steal personal information about you or steal money or bank account information from you. You could also get entangled in criminal activity, so be cautious. Learn more about how not to fall for fake student job postings and/or check-cashing schemes.

Beware of Check Cashing Scams

Students may receive emails with this information:

Kindly be informed that you will be in receipt of a check with the total sum of $3950 from the previous company I worked, for the outstanding they owe me. This money will cover for your first week's pay of $350 and also cover for purchasing some household items I'll need for my stay ranging from play items for the kids to new furniture for the home and equipment for my wife's business.

A clerk has been placed in charge of this so all you have to do when you receive the check of $3950 is have it deposited and when it's available, you can deduct your pay of $350 and get the balance across to the clerk so she can proceed with getting the needed items before my arrival to help me settle in quickly. 

Basically, the person running the scam convinces the victim to cash a check and then send, via wire transfer, a portion of the money to another location. (The portion kept by the victim is payment of a commission or prize.)

However, the check (or money order) is a very convincing fake, and it will take the victim’s bank some time to discover that the check is no good. US banks are required to make funds available within a few days, but it can take weeks for a fraudulent check to be discovered. However, wire transfers happen almost immediately. So the money that has left the victims account is long gone by the time it is discovered that the check is fake.

If you have concerns about the legitimacy of a job or internship posting, please contact the IUP Career and Professional Development Center at 724-357-2235 or career-development@iup.edu. If you feel that you’ve been the victim of a scam, please contact University Police at 724-357-2141.