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Warning Signs of a Scam

There are many ways that a predatory scammer may try to get ahold of your identity and information. Check out this list to help safeguard yourself against some common predatory practices:

Signs a Job is a Scam within the Job Description

  • The posting includes spelling or grammatical errors.
  • The position is for any of the following jobs: Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly Job, Online Surveys, Personal Assistant.
  • The actual job duties are vague or completely unlisted, and the focus of the posting rests with the compensation.
  • "First year compensation" is well above the average compensation for similar positions elsewhere.

Signs of a Scam while Researching the Employer

  • The company website only has information about the job you are seeking. No company info is listed.
  • Online it is difficult or impossible to find an address, actual company name, etc.
  • Google searches reveal links to reports of that particular business being a scam (also check out http://www.ripoffreport.com to check this).

Signs of a Scam while Interacting with the Employer

  • The employer calls you, but you cannot call them back because it is through an unavailable number.
  • The job is not home based, but the employer wants to interview you at home.
  • An employer contacts you out of the blue, and unprompted.
  • The employer wants to pay you under-the-table and refuses a W-4 to prove your work.
  • The employer wants to conduct all business via email using the excuse of being ‘out of the country'.

Signs of a Monetary or Identity Scam

  • You're asked for a photo of yourself, or excessive personal information (marital status, age, weight, etc.)
  • You must provide your credit card or bank account numbers, or other personal financial documentation.
  • The position requires an initial investment like a payment through a wire service or courier
  • You're offered a large payment in exchange for your banking information.
  • You receive or are promised an unexpectedly large check.
  • The employer asks you to use your own funds to pay for their personal and/or business needs.
  • The employer says there is not an office yet in your area, so you will need to help get it going. Oftentimes your banking info will be needed to help the employer make transactions.

If you suspect a position you encounter through DuqCareerLink or another source is fraudulent, please contact us immediately at 412-396-6644 or careerservices@duq.edu.

Duquesne University would like to thank the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington for allowing us to use information from their fraudulent job and scam postings information.