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Don't Fall for a Student Summer Employment Job Scam

Posted 05/16/2017
Submitted by John Schmaltz
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Throughout the year, but especially leading up to summer, criminals try to scam students with messages sent to their University email addresses about supposed jobs. Please be advised that no one from the University of Hartford will give your email address or contact information to outside entities.

Avoid and delete a job posting or email if it:
• does not include the name of the company
• comes from an e-mail address that doesn’t match the company name
• does not give employer contact information—such as the title of person sending the e-mail, company address, phone number, etc.
• offers to pay a large amount for almost no work
• offers you a job without ever speaking with or interviewing you
• asks you to pay an application fee
• wants you to transfer money from one account to another
• offers to send you a check before you do any work
• asks you to give your credit card or bank account numbers
• asks for copies of personal documents
• says you must send payment by wire service or courier
• offers you a large payment for allowing the use of your bank account—often for depositing checks or transferring money
• sends you an unexpectedly large check

No legitimate employer will send payment in advance and ask the employee to send a portion of it back so watch out for over-payment schemes. These jobs 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 hundreds of dollars.

If you’re not sure, try to visit the organization’s website. If it is legit it should have a website but, if the website doesn’t seem to match the advertised job, there may be cause for concern. Note the professionalism of the website. Is there specific contact information? Are jobs and career information actually posted on the site? Lack of pertinent information is a red flag.

Good luck with your summer job search. See you in August.