Avoiding Job Scams

A Job May Be a Scam If:

  • You are asked to provide a credit card, bank account, or personal financial information. For example:
    • You are offered a large payment or reward for the use of your bank account
    • A local office is not set up and your account is needed to get one up and running
    • You are asked to transfer money and retain a portion as payment
    • You receive an unexpectedly large check in the mail
    • DO NOT attempt to cash or deposit it into your account. Contact the OPCD immediately: (336.758.5902) & the University Police (336.758.5591)
  • The domain in the individual’s email address is @gmail, @yahoo, etc. OR adding something to the domain like @reputablecompany.com.us instead of reputablecompany.com
  • A contact indicates receipt of your resume from the “school career center” but does not mention WFU, Handshake, a specific job title, or Handshake ID number.
  • You are interviewed via Google Hangouts
  • The position requires an initial investment (e.g., purchasing equipment, paying for training, etc.)
  • The company website is not active, does not exist, or redirects to an unrelated site
  • The company lists an unusually high salary for a job requiring minimal skill experience
  • It is difficult to find a physical address, actual contact information, the company name, etc.
  • An individual contacts you by phone, but there is no way to call them back
  • The posting includes multiple spelling and/or grammatical errors
  • You are asked to provide a photo of yourself (for non-entertainment field opportunity)
  • You are “hired” without a face-to-face meeting
  • You are asked for your SSN or date of birth over the phone or email

Review a Company’s Legitimacy:

  • Look at the company’s website. Don’t use the URL listed in the posting, instead, Google the company and use the results to view their website
  • Look at the careers page to see if the job, or similar job, you are interested in is listed
  • Look up the company on the following sites:
    • Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org
    • Chamber of Commerce uschamber.com
    • Hoovers hoovers.com
    • Ripoff Report ripoffreport.com

If You Feel You’re Being Scammed:

  • Contact the OPCD, we are here to assist you through this process
  • Contact University Police and file a report
  • Get in touch with your bank and/or credit card companies if you have provided any bank information
  • End all communications with the employer immediately
  • File a report with the Federal Trade Commission’s Cybercrime Division justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime