While searching for jobs, be careful to steer clear of scam postings disguised as promising positions. Educate yourself about potential scams and early warning signs!

Warning signs & questions to ask yourself


  • Why did you receive this email?
  • Where did it come from? (Gmail, Yahoo, etc)

Errors and inconsistencies

  • Typos and grammatical errors
  • Is it too good to be true?
  • Unusual sense of urgency

Identity of sender

  • Difficulty finding company website or contact information
  • Are there scam reports?

Personal Information

  • Do they want personal information? (SSN, bank, birthdate)
  • Application fees

How to avoid scams:

  • Do your research!
  • Trust your instincts
  • Slow the process down: a real job offer will work with you on a time frame
  • Check with your career services office

Steps to take if you are a victim of a scam:

  • Identify the situation: target areas that may be compromised if you gave out personal information such as closing bank or email accounts
  • Document everything!
  • UT Police Department, UT Legal Services for Students, and Career Service Offices are all available to help you

Check out https://careerservices.utexas.edu/ for more information on scam postings and career resources.