Detect and Avoid Job Scams

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.

Announcement: NEW Job Scam Emails use UWM Faculty and Staff names!

How To Detect | Research | Keep Information Safe | Fraudulent Employer | Ask Questions

Here’s how to detect if it’s not a real job:

  • Title is Personal Assistant but there’s no company
  • Email sent through Gmail or other non-UWM email address
  • Email markets how much a person can make each week
  • No job duties or job description noted
  • Provides a phone number for texting – no personal contact
  • Email address and signature names don’t match

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.
  • Review the Example of a Scam Email to learn about discrepancies in email job announcements

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

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