Fraudulent Jobs

If it seems flawed, it could be fraud

Learn how to identify, respond, and report suspected fraudulent jobs below. 

How to identify

  1. Consider the confidentiality of information requested.
    • Is the employer asking for financial information, such as a bank account or credit card number?
  2. Research the company.
    • Is the provided website a legitimate employer?
    • Does the contact appear on the company web page?
    • Can you find the company by searching the internet for the provided email, phone number, and website?
  3. Examine the email.
    • Is it coming from a business or company domain?
    • Is it misspelled or not exactly the company name?
    • Is the reply address the same as the from address?
    • Are there several grammatical, spelling, punctuation, or other errors?

How to respond

Do not respond to anything you suspect to be fraudulent. Instead, review and follow the previously listed steps for identifying fraudulent job emails and postings. If you identify the communication as fraud, follow the steps below about reporting.

How to report

  1. If you are unsure whether or not a job posting or email is fraud, reach out to the Office of Student Employment at or (317) 274-4856. We can provide guidance and help so you do not put yourself at risk.
  2. If you already disclosed information, be sure to contact your bank and credit card companies to make them aware of potential fraudulent charges. In addition, you can file a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.

How can I avoid fraud?

How can you protect yourself from a potential scam? Follow our tips below to be proactive as you search for jobs: 

  • Never send personal information to employers via email.
    • You should not be asked to send personal information, such as a bank account, Social Security number, or similar info. If an employer needs this, ask to provide it in person.
  • Do not accept or provide money prior to starting work.
    • You should not receive a check or compensation before you begin your work.
    • You should not be aske to transfer funds or wire money for a company.
  • Question if you receive and offer before you interview.
    • You should not get a job offer prior to doing than just submitting a resume to a company.
  • Know which companies to which you have applied.
    • You should not respond to a job offer or request for information from a comapny that is not in your list of submitted applications.

Alerts of recent fraudulent jobs

This is where we'll post information about recent fraudulent jobs. Regularly check this page as you're searching for jobs to stay aware!