One security issue most don’t think of is a job scam. There are scams that will reach out with a job opportunity. This can happen in your email, or even on a job board full of job posts. This applies to both students and faculty/staff.
Here are some tips and tricks to keep your on your toes when a job offer comes your way that you weren’t searching for.
Watch for these signs of a job scam:
- The job is TOO good to be true.
- You are asked to send or transfer money.
- Bank account or social security number or other personal information is requested up front.
- The site advertises "secret" job postings for a fee.
- Poorly written and/or vague job description that may state "no experience needed."
- Questionable email address (e.g., contact email doesn't match company domain).
What can you do to ensure that a job posting is real?
- Research the company website and check to see if the job vacancy is posted.
- Google the company and job and see if there are complaints or a poor reputation.
- Check the employer's rating with the Better Business Bureau or Missouri Attorney General'soffice.
- Ask questions and get specifics in writing.
Make sure to flag any emails or posts and forward them to CCHelpDesk@ccis.edu so we can take care of it. A good rule of thumb is, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.