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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org