Scammers create and maintain fraudulent postings on many reputable job boards, for monetary gain, including Handshake and even networking sites like LinkedIn. While the ICC vets every position that is posted to Handshake, sometimes fraudulent postings make it through.
Scammers may also directly contact you, for example through email or phone, soliciting to hire you for an open job position. Some will even go as far as stating that they represent an established company. They may even reference the ICC in some way to make them seem more legitimate.
How To Identify Job Scams
There are many potential signs of a job scam. Be wary if the job posting or email:
- 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
- References getting your contact information from your university or career center
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.
- 7 Ways to Safeguard Yourself From Job Phishing Scams
- Federal Trade Commission job scam webpage
- Look up companies with the Better Business Bureau
What To Do If You Suspect a Scam or Have Been Scammed
- If you believe something is fraudulent, 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
Sample Scam Emails
From: Andrew Clark [paysu40@***.***]
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020 1:05 PM
Subject: Job Offer
We are offering a personal assistant position that pays $500 weekly, several attempts to email you at your Edu Email keeps bouncing back due to the length of the job description, kindly provide a Non-Edu Email address where the job details, hours, and pay would be sent to you. If you are interested in the personal assistant position do send an email with your Non-Edu Email address to his contact email; paysu40@*****.***
From: "Dr. Donald Hanson." [donaldsmiles01@*****.***]
Date: May 15, 2020 at 2:23:03 PM PDT
Subject: Virtual Research Asisstant ( Student Outreach ).
There is a unique opportunity for students during this pandemic. It is
flexible, can be handle remotely, pays well and you don't need any
experience or special skill. Please don't hesitate to write back for
Dr. Donald Hanson.
From: Refinery29 Inc. [10comeoba@*****.***]
Date: Mon, Feb 11, 2019, 13:06
We have a job offer for student. The job is done at your free time so
Kindly reply for details.
From: Mrs Sharon E.Judith [momo011082@*****.***]
Date: February 6, 2019 at 12:01:35 PM PST
Hello how are you doing ?
I contacted your school admin at ( University of California ) Davis I graduated from there. I explained that I was looking for Administrative/Personal Assistant and your email was sent to me, they said you are an honest person.This job is flexible so you can perform the tasks during your spare time outside of school and the position is extremely rewarding. Get back to me ASAP with your cell phone number or your personal email if you are interested in more information.
Mrs Sharon E.Judith
From: Rohit Roy [rohit.roy@*******************.***]
Date: Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 3:50 PM
Subject: Urgent Openings from Hire Experts Solution
Greetings from Hire Experts Solution.
Hire Experts Solution is a pioneer in IT Staffing specializing in business consulting, project management, technology consulting, technology training and analytics. We count Fortune 500+ companies all over USA among our vast clientele.
In an industry that is experiencing a rapid growth,Hire Experts Solution is offering its extensive and industry oriented placement program. Our prolific and assiduous teams of experts are striving towards providing you the optimal employment opportunities by collaborating with leading organizations worldwide. For more information, you can refer to our official website www.*******************.***.
Currently we are hiring candidates (with valid Work Permit) who can fulfill the project requirements of our clients.
Job Title: - Java Developer
We are looking for a Java Developer with experience in building high-performing, scalable, enterprise-grade applications.
You will be part of a talented software team that works on mission-critical applications. Java developer roles and responsibilities include managing Java/Java EE application development while providing expertise in the full software development lifecycle, from concept and design to testing.
• Translate application storyboards and use cases into functional applications
• Design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable Java code
• Ensure the best possible performance, quality, and responsiveness of the applications
• Identify bottlenecks and bugs, and devise solutions to these problems
• Help maintain code quality, organization, and automation
Salary: - $70000- $80000 per year (Full Time)
$30000- $40000 per year (Part time/Internship)
(Salary will be negotiable depending on experience & location. Salary will not be constraint for the right & deserving candidate)
Location: - Open (As per your preference)
Type of Employment: - Full time / Part time/ Remote work
Benefits: - As an employee, apart from salary, you are also entitled to get the following benefits during your project:
• Performance assessment will be done in every six months.
• Minimum 15% increment will be applicable as per your performance after every six months.
• Relocation charges will be provided to you during your project.
• 14 days of yearly paid leave will be provided during your projects.
• Working with billion dollar projects of fortune 500+ blue chip clients.
• Health and medical benefits will be provided during projects which include:
1. Medical, Dental and Vision benefits after 60 days of employment.
2. Health insurance eligible immediately after 60 days of employment.
3. Short term and long term disability after 60 days of employment.
4. 401k retirement pension plan eligible after 6 month of employment.
5. Life insurance plan after 3 months of employment with us.
Only for International Students:
Employer's Confirmation Letter/Selection Letter/Offer Letter will be provided which you need to submit to your university within 90 days of start of your OPT.
OPT Extension Letter will be provide to those candidates who are planning for an STEM extension when they are in a project with us.
H1B Sponsorship will be provided to OPT and CPT candidates only once they join our client's project.
On working for certain period of time with us, Green card processing will be done.
Industrial/Corporate Training (for selected candidates):-
Hire Experts Solution offers an online skill up gradation program for improving the exposure by experienced mentors from corporate sectors who are associated with our clients and having more that 10 years extensive experience in their relevant fields. The training will make you familiar with the job roles and responsibilities that you have to take on once you are working with our project.
Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive a Training Completion Certificate from us which will be a Certification based on our Level 5 fortune clients project and will be accepted worldwide.
After completion of the Corporate Training, you will be engaged in telephonic interviews with the clients for which you have been trained for and after the successful clearance of any of them, you will be taken on board on a project based on your preferred industry and location.
Onboard Terms & Conditions:-
We will charge an upfront fee of $600 for the training purpose only, which will act as security deposit. This fee will be reimbursed to you with your first pay check, when you join client's project.
Course Duration: - 5-6 weeks.
Class duration: - 1 - 2 hours.
Mode of training: Online Live Audio Video.
Platform: - Cisco WebEx.
Training Materials: - will be provided by us for practical references.
Timing: Weekdays and Weekends as per the trainer's availability.
Access to the Training Blog & Repository of Materials.
Assignment after each module for self-assessment.
Brief notes explaining each example covered.
Training video recordings of every session.
If you are interested or planning to make a career change then send me your feedback at the earliest by either calling me at 985-617-**** between 10:00 AM CST to 6:00 PM CST, Monday to Friday or email me to get a quick response. Please attach your updated resume also so that we can start the proceedings immediately.
Thanks & Regards,
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Hire Experts Solution
PH: 985-617-**** / Email: rohit.roy@*******************.***
From: John T. Payne [thomasmwinter1@*****.***]
Date: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 6:29 AM
Subject: Opportunity for UC Davis students
Employment opportunity for UC Davis students, kindly reconfirm if you
got my previous message regarding employment opportunity sent. It is a
flexible per time job and its $500 weekly. Send a text with your name
on it to the number below if you are interested and i will follow up.
Mr John H. Payne
From: Mrs Samantha Denise [lynndew45@*****.***]
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:01 PM
I contacted your school admin at ( University of California ) Davis I graduated from there. I explained that I was looking for Administrative/Personal Assistant and your email was sent to me, they said you are an honest person.This job is flexible so you can perform the tasks during your spare time outside of school and the position is extremely rewarding. Click on the Link below For more details , https://personalpayroll.*****.***/*****/zi1gvsi04gbftt/and Complete the application form requirement if you are interested .
Get back to me ASAP with your cell phone number or your personal email if you are interested in more information.
Mrs Samantha Denise.
From: Mrs Frazier Walters [alfaha194@*****.***], [marlonbraddborge@*****.***], [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2019 9:28 AM
I contacted your school admin at (University of California ) Davis I graduated from there. I explained that I was looking for Administrative/Personal Assistant and your email was sent to me, they said you are an honest person.This job is flexible so you can perform the tasks during your spare time outside of school and the position is extremely rewarding. Get back to me ASAP with your cell phone number or your personal email if you are interested in more information.
Mrs Frazier Walters
From: John H. P [aniabrandoly@*****.***]
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2019 10:52 AM
Subject: UC DAVIS Student application
UC DAVIS Student application for a post of an OFFICE ASSISTANCE has been received under A.T. Kearney with flexible schedule. Kindly indicate your interest and respond back with your mobile number for more details with job link containing full job description Pay/wages $500 weekly .
John H. Payne
From: John H. Payne [johnpigpen@*****.***]
Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2019 6:48 AM
Subject: Student Employment
Internship and Career Center
University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616.
Application for a PT post of Input Order Clerk, Clerical and Admin
Specialist has been received under sherpaa Health Services and in
conjunction with Aggie Job. Kindly indicate your interest and respond
back with your mobile number for more details with job link containing
full job description and interview. Pay/wages $450 per week
John H. Payne
From: clayton ricardo [ricardoclayton543211@*****.***]
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 7:58 AM
Subject: Part Time Job(University Of California)
I'm very happy to inform you about the job opportunity in conjunction with your school (University of california) we got your mail from your school data base ..... our reputable company ( Elkay Manufacturing Company) is running a student empowerment program.... this program is to help the hard-working student to secure a work at home job, this will not stop you from your daily works and your school activities... all you need is just an hour or two to carry out the job weekly.. your wages will be $300 USD per week ...
kindly get back to us if you are interested in this job opportunity
Elkay Manufacturing Company
From: Butler,William G [william.butler@***.***]
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 7:08 PM
Subject: Professor -David Harvey -----VACANT JOB POSITION
Good Day ,
I am David Harvey a geographer and anthropologist.
I am looking for P/Assistance and will earn Five Hundred weekly.
View attachment below and apply for the opportunity.
Professor -David Harvey
From: WORK&Work [rudylang002@*****.***]
Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2018 8:51 PM
Administrative Assistant Position for student, kindly text this number
470) 735-**** .for the job details.
This E-mail was sent because you or someone on your behalf opt-in to
receive such offers.
From: hjk company [hjkrecruit103@*****.***]
Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2018 6:37 AM
Subject: offering part time job position
hello there i am from the recruiting company i have a job offer for you i like to know if you interested soi can write you details about the job if interested please message me on danielkonrandy1001@***.*** and i will reply you back with details about the job hope to hear from you soon
From: Oliver von Borries [samlaw094@*****.***]
Date: Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 5:20 PM
Subject: Flexible PT Job
Administrative Assistant job available now through the school
year.Very flexible and can accommodate your school schedule. Email for
more information if interested. Thank you.
Oliver von Borries
From: Clarisa Lambert [clambert1852@*****.***]
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2018 4:28 PM
Subject: Part-time Job (University of California)
I'm very delighted to inform you about the job opportunity in Coexistence with your school (University of California) we got your mail from your school data base ..... our distinguished renowned company ( Elkay Manufacturing Company) is running a student Commendation program.... this program is to help the hard-working student to secure a work at home job, this will not stop you from your daily works and your school activities... all you need is just an hour or two to carry out the job weekly.. your wages will be $300 USD per week...
kindly get back to us if you are interested in this job opportunity
Elkay Manufacturing Company
From: Corey Baum [coreybaumm@*****.***]
Sent: Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 7:05 AM
Subject: Office Assistant Position
My name is Corey, I found you through the Internship and Career Center. Are you still looking for part time employment? I am currently looking to hire for the under-listed position:
Job Title: Personal Assistant Position
Seeking a self-motivated, energetic, and upbeat individual to assist with personal and business related tasks. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, polished, highly productive and able to work in a small office environment.
The ideal candidate must also be able to manage highly confidential information and have the utmost discretion.
Job Type: PT/FT Available
Work Schedule: 10-30 hours per week
Salary: $10.00 to $16.00 /hour
Candidate must be organized; excellent communicator; efficient, flexible, and proactive; no task is too big or too small)
Duties will include bill payments, shopping, occasional trips to the post office. Ideal candidate would be comfortable navigating the city on his or her own in a timely fashion.
How to apply: Email resume, availability to apply for this role.
Please text me at 408-909-**** if you have any questions.