Avoid Fraudulent Job Postings

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ACC Career Services Published: May 15, 2017
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Trish Welch
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ACC Career Services screens all jobs before posting to the job board. Please be aware that even with screening, some fraudulent postings may get through.

Fraudulent Posting Red Flags

You must provide your credit card, bank account numbers, or other personal financial documentation.
The position requires an initial investment, such as a payment by wire service or courier.
The position initially appears as a traditional job. Upon further research, it sounds more like an independent contractor opportunity.
You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (often for depositing checks or transferring money).
You receive an unexpectedly large check (checks are typically slightly less than $500, generally sent or deposited on Fridays).
You are asked to provide a photo of yourself.
The posting neglects to mention the responsibilities of the job. Instead, the description focuses on the amount of money to be made.
The employer responds to you immediately after you submit your resume. Typically, resumes sent to an employer are reviewed by multiple individuals or not viewed until the posting has closed. Note: this does not include an auto-response you may receive from the employer once you have sent your resume.
The position indicates a “first-year compensation” that is in high excess to the average compensation for that position type.
Look at the company’s website. Does it have an index that tells you what the site is about; or does it contain information only about the job in which you are interested? Scammers often create quick, basic web pages that seem legitimate at first glance.
Watch for anonymity. If it is difficult to find an address, actual contact, company name, etc., this is cause to proceed with caution. Fraud postings are illegal, so scammers will try to keep themselves well hidden.
The salary range listed is very high (e.g., Secretary/Admin $20/hour).
The employer contacts you by phone, but there is no way to call them back (the number is not available).
The employer tells you that they do not have an office set up in your area and will need you to help them get it up and running (these postings often include a request for your banking information, supposedly to help the employer make transactions).

What if I Am Already Involved in a Scam?
If you are a current student, please contact career services via email at twelch2@austincc.edu

If it is a situation where you have sent money to a fraudulent employer, you should contact your bank or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.

ACC is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off campus employment. Both parties are encouraged to perform due diligence in investigating references, qualifications, and credentials. ACC does not endorse employers, positions posted, or applicants.

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