Learn how to identify, respond, and report suspected fraudulent jobs below.
If it seems flawed, it could be fraud
How to identify
- Consider the confidentiality of information requested.
- Is the employer asking for financial information, such as a bank account or credit card number?
- Research the company.
- Did you apply to a job with that employer?
- Is the provided website a legitimate employer?
- Does any contact information appear on the company web page?
- Can you find the specific company’s provided email, phone number, and website on the internet?
- Examine the email.
- Is it coming from a business or company domain?
- Is the business or company domain misspelled or not exactly the official company name?
- Is the “reply” email address the same as the “from” email 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
- If you are unsure whether a job posting or email is fraud, reach out to the Office of Student Employment at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 274-4856. We can provide further guidance and help so you do not put yourself at risk.
- 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 them for an opportunity 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 asked to transfer funds or wire money for a company.
- Question if you receive an offer before you interview.
- You should not receive a job offer by 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 company that is not in your list of submitted applications.