Jobs that sound too good to be true should raise a red flag for any college student. Fake job postings are being sent via unsolicited emails to student accounts and are even showing up in online job listing sites. You may receive job postings with titles like “work from home” or “part-time job offer,” sometimes appearing to be legitimate and may even seem to be from other St. John’s community members, offering a few hundred dollars a week in pay.
The attackers are preying on students who are looking for ways to make a few extra bucks. They gain a student’s trust by sending a check in the mail which turns out to be fraudulent or is cancelled a few days after deposit. These fake job postings are attempts to steal your personal information and to try to steal your money or bank account information.
Watch out for over-payment scams. These are often posted as a bookkeeper, personal assistant, administrative assistant, etc., to assist in processing checks or mystery/secret shoppers. The “company” sends a check to the “assistant” (student), who is then responsible for taking their “salary” out of the check and wiring the remainder of the money back to the “company.” These checks are fraudulent and can leave you out thousands of dollars and facing criminal charges.
Beware if the email or job posting:
No legitimate employer will send payment in advance and ask the employee to send a portion of it back. DO NOT provide any personal information especially Social Security numbers or financial information!