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Fraudulent Job/Internship Postings and Scams


Scammers are always looking for new ways to trick people. These scams can be difficult to detect. Sometimes scammers pose as employers and try to gain access to your bank account information or other personal information.

Identifying Fraudulent Jobs or Internships

  • The person communicating with you is not listed on the organization website.
  • The email address from which you receive communications does not match the organization website.
  • The person/organization requests your bank account information to deposit large sums of money into your account.
  • The person/organization sends you checks or money and asks you to buy gift cards in exchange. 
  • There is little or no interview process.
  • There is no face to face (virtual or otherwise) communication.
  • The process is rushed or the person/organization asks you to rush.
  • There are spelling errors in the organization’s information.
  • The opportunity sounds too good to be true.

What To Do 

If you receive an unsolicited email about a job or internship opportunity, or if you come across a job or internship that seems too good to be true, please notify your career office. 

If you are worried that you may be the victim of a scam, notify your bank immediately, alert AUPD, and alert your career office.