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Preventative Resources to Fight Fraud and Scams
Phishing emails and fraudulent job postings are occurring in greater numbers on social media, job boards, and via emails, as scammers seek to gain your personal and financial information. With advancing technology and hacking techniques, job scammers are becoming significantly more sophisticated in their outreach and are likely to target students. While CBC Career Services strives to screen out fraudulent or scam postings, it is impossible to ensure that every posting is legitimate. It is important that you perform your due diligence to avoid scams and keep your identity safe. If you believe that you have encountered a fraudulent job posting, contact Career Services before providing any information to suspicious employers.
Common Fraudulent Job Posting Red Flags
1. Job offers without application and/or interview
- You are contacted indicating “we got your resume from your school career center” with no specific mention of Columbia Basin College or Handshake, CBC’s contracted online job board.
- The email does not contain a specific job title.
- The sender is requesting your contact information through an email.
- The employer requests you to recruit others for the same position or pressures you to accept the position.
- Legitimate employers will require you to apply and interview for a specific job and will not pressure you to accept a position.
2. Requests for personal information and/or photos
- The employer asks for your Social Security Number, personal documents, driver’s license number or bank account information. Be wary if you are asked to provide any of this information by phone, email or online.
- Do not send photos or provide personal information such as your marital status, age, weight or height.
3. Requests for money, payment deposits and/or gift cards
- The employer asks you to make online payments, send or wire money, cash checks on their behalf, or utilize your bank account to deposit checks or transfer money as part of the application process or as a condition of employment.
- The employer asks you to purchase gift cards or equipment.
- Legitimate employers will not ask you to conduct financial transactions on their behalf, send money or purchase gift cards.
4. Non-professional email accounts
- You are contacted through an email account that is not identified with the organization’s name (e.g., a Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc. address), or the email domain name does not match the business name.
- Note that many small businesses and/or start-ups utilize generic email accounts as they are getting started, therefore, you are encouraged to do additional research to verify that the email is legitimate.
- Look carefully for slight misspellings in the email or web address. Be alert for suspicious websites or if there is no phone number through which you can contact the employer.
5. Poorly written job postings
- The job description is vague and poorly written.
- Legitimate job postings typically do not contain typos or poor grammar.
6. Too good to be true
- Jobs that advertise high wages for little or no experience or for very little work, work your own hours, be a Secret -Shopper, work for an A-List celebrity, make $10k for one week of work, etc., are typically fraudulent.
- If you receive an unexpectedly large check or a check with “extra” money, DO NOT attempt to cash it or deposit it into your account. Contact law enforcement. You will be held accountable by the bank if you attempt to cash the check.
- Trust your instincts. If a job sounds too good to be true or the hiring process seems too fast, it is likely a scam.
7. No specific job location listed
- There is no specific location listed or the job is advertised as a local part-time position, but the location is listed as “nationwide” or in another country.
- Exercise caution when dealing with a prospective job contact outside of the United States at companies with which you are not familiar.
Reporting Fraud and Scams
If money has been transferred, contact your local law enforcement.
Non-emergency contact for the Tri-Cities: 509-628-0333
If you transferred bank information, contact your bank and lock your bank accounts.
Visit the FTC website to learn how to avoid a scam.
Research employer/company descriptions before submitting application materials using the following websites:
If you have concerns about identity theft resulting from your job application, you can find helpful information about specific steps you may wish to take at the following websites: