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Job, Internship, & Employment Scams

If you’re looking for a job or internship, scammers are looking for you. Scammers advertise jobs and internship opportunities exactly where real employers do, including popular websites and the classifieds. They may say they’ve got a job waiting, or guarantee to place you in an internship, if you just pay a fee. Legitimate employers and firms DO NOT ask you to pay for the promise of a position.

Know the signs

Be suspicious if a listing contains any of the following:

  • Asks for your bank account number so they can pay you.
  • Asks you to pay money or to give them secure personal information.
  • Asks you to buy equipment or supplies for a virtual job.
  • Links to a generic e-mail address (like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo) not corporate or academic e-mail.
  • Requires no interview or previous experience.
  • Came "out of the blue" to your inbox or phone.
  • Doesn't list a recognizable department, university, or company.
  • Sends you a check before you accept an offer or have done any work.
  • Sounds too good to be true!


Learn more about employment scams and how to protect yourself: