Fraudulent Employer Quick Tips

Zoë Katzbeck -

The following are some quick tips if you are questioning the legitimacy of a job or company: 

  • If something feels “too good to be true”, be suspicious. "Make $300 in a day from home". These are typical tactics a scammer will use to lure students in. The best protection is to be suspicious if anything is “too good to be true” and flag any employer who seems suspicious, so Handshake can investigate immediately. If an employer is making promises that no other employer has ever made before - it’s possible that they just want to lure you in to steal your resume information or scam you.

  • Never cash a check for, or give any money to, an employer. A common technique of Internet scammers is to ask you to cash a check at a bank, and then return some of that money to the employer while you get to keep some of the cash for yourself. This is a scam. No reputable employer will require you to pay for anything on your own, or cash a check on their behalf, before starting your job. If you receive any email asking you to do anything remotely like this, flag the employer immediately within Handshake and contact your city’s better business bureau.

  • Question if an employer says they’re hiring you based on resume alone. Any reputable employer normally requires an interview (and more) before hiring. If you have any questions or concerns, flag the employer and Handshake will investigate.

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