Detect and Avoid Job Scams

Not all employment opportunities are legitimate – some people may pose as potential employers to collect personal information and take your money.
1.  RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!  
  • When searching for jobs, research the company by exploring the company’s website, employee experiences, and customer reviews.
  • Research company thoroughly: Does the company have a website? Does the website look legitimate? Look it up on social media and Glassdoor.com.

2.  KEEP YOUR INFORMATION SAFE

  • Keep your private information private! DO NOT share personal information (e.g. social security numbers, banking information, birthday, address, mother’s maiden name, etc.).
  • NEVER process any financial transactions – their intent is to deceive you by sending you a check or wiring money to your bank.

3.  HOW TO SPOT A FRAUDULENT EMPLOYER

  • Be leery of mass messages sent to people with similar names or emails.
  • No legitimate company will hire you without an interview, resume, or formal application process.
4.  ASK QUESTIONS!
  • If you are unsure about the legitimacy of a job posting, reach out to the contact person. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Getting the information you need is better than being involved in a job scam.

If you suspect a fraudulent employer is attempting to connect with you, please contact the Career Planning & Resource Center at careerplan@uwm.edu