Scammers create and maintain fraudulent postings on many reputable job boards, including Aggie Job Link (AJL), for monetary gain. While the ICC vets every position that is posted to AJL, sometimes fraudulent postings make it through.
How To Identify Fraudulent Job Postings
There are many potential signs of a job scam. Be wary if the job posting:
- Asks for any money or sensitive personal information
- Focuses on how much money you’ll make. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Uses a generic email address such as @gmail.com or @yahoo.com
- Links to a fake or minimalist website
- Lists a company without an established physical office
- Has spelling errors or lacks a professional tone
If a company is legitimate it usually takes them a while to sort through applications and respond to you. Be wary of immediate responses to your applications.
What To Do If You Have Been Scammed
- If you believe there is a fraudulent job on AJL, email the ICC.
- If you have already sent money, contact your bank or credit card company to close the account or dispute the charges.
- Call the local police using their non-emergency number
- File a cybercrime incident report if it took place over the internet