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Avoid Fraudulent Postings

Spotting Fraudulent Job Postings

The Career Center offers Handshake as a resource for employers to connect with SCU students and alumni seeking internships, part-time jobs, and full-time positions. We strive to keep fraudulent postings off Handshake, however, we may not catch every one. Therefore, please use your own discretion when applying to a position or interacting with a potential employer, whether it be through Handshake or another platform.

Be aware the postings may appear legitimate with unauthorized use of company trademarks and copyright material. Some common signs that a job posting is a scam include:

  • Request to cash fraudulent checks and monetary transfers
  • Correspondence from email accounts such as Google, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail
  • Misspellings & grammatical errors
  • Failure to list a specific location for the job
  • Get rich quick language
  • Request for Social Security Number or any financial information

If you ever notice or are concerned about a suspicious job or internship posting, please contact the Career Center at 408-554-4421.


Core essentials to avoiding a job posting scam

  • Do not give your personal bank account, PayPal account, credit card numbers, or  Social Security number
  • Do not agree to have funds or paychecks direct deposited into any of your accounts by an employer – you should know them first. (Most employers give the option of direct deposit or a paycheck, and make these arrangements during your first day or week of actual employment, on site – not before)
  • Do not forward, transfer, send by courier (i.e., FedEX, UPS) or "wire" any money to any employer, or for any employer, using your personal accounts(s)
  • Do not transfer money and retain a portion for payment
  • Do not respond to suspicious and/or “too good to be true” unsolicited job emails
  • In general, applicants do not pay a fee to obtain a job (but there are some rare exceptions – so be careful, and consult with a professional at the Career Center first).

Resources to verify organizations


What if you are already involved in a scam?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given the following instructions to students or individuals who have responded to fraudulent postings:

  • Immediately contact the local police.  The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state).
  • If it is a situation where money has been sent to a fraudulent employer: contact your bank or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.  You may also contact the Career Center to explore support from SCU's Human Resources department.
  • If the transaction occurred completely over the internet, file an incident report with the Department of Justice division of Computer Crime and Intellectual Property, or by calling the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-832-4357).