Friday, January 22, 2016

Watch out for job scams

Watch out for job scams

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 so we can take care of it. A good rule of thumb is, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

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