Scam or Fraudulent Job Posting Advice

While the Center for Career Development makes every reasonable effort to review employers and job postings on Handshake, we cannot guarantee the legitimacy and validity of each organization or person that posts a job vacancy. It is the responsibility of the job seeker to research the integrity of the organization and verify the information pertaining to the job posting. Job seekers should be diligent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.

For your protection please be aware of the following guidelines:

  • Do not give your social security number to a prospective employer as part of the application process.
  • Do not provide credit card or bank account information.
  • Do not perform any sort of monetary transaction.
  • Do not pay for training, supplies, etc. as a condition for employment.

Generally be aware that if the job or salary seems too good to be true, it probably is!

If you would like to read further about ways to stave off fraudulent employers and scams, please check out our in-depth information regarding the following:

  1. Warning Signs of a Scam
  2. Types of Scams
  3. How to Protect Yourself and Others from Scams
  4. FBI Public Service Announcement Regarding Job Scams Targeting College Students

If you suspect a position you encounter through Handshake or another source is fraudulent, please contact us immediately at 412-396-6644 or