Identifying Scam Job Postings
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?
- 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.