Job Search Safety Tips
Fraudulent Job Postings
Fraudulent job posters are becoming increasingly more clever. Here are some good tips to help you identify and avoid falling for a fraudulent job posting:
- Verify the employer has a legitimate company email that is correctly spelled.
- Avoid interviews that are conducted over chat/email and instead request to speak on the phone.
- Be wary if an interviewer does NOT ask about your past experience.
- Don't send any personal information over email.
- You are asked to give your credit card or bank account numbers, or copies of personal documents - but you get nothing in return. (NEVER share this kind of personal information unless you are well down the interview path, are receiving an offer, and have had personal, face-to-face meetings with company representatives and recruiters.)
- You are asked to send a payment by wire service or courier.
- You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account - often for depositing checks or transferring money.
- You receive an unexpectedly large check.
If you believe you have identified a fraudulent job posting, please contact USF Career Services at (415) 422-6216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.