Tips To Avoid Fake Student Job Postings That Can Cost You Money
How to avoid job scams targeting students.
This article applies to: Security & Policy
Watch out for fake job offers. Scammers are contacting Cornell students, pretending to be professors offering part-time research and administrative jobs. Students who apply end up losing their own money through fraudulent banking transactions.
Be suspicious if a listing:
Asks for your bank account number so they can pay you.
- Asks you to pay money or give them secure personal information.
- Asks you to buy equipment or supplies for a virtual job.
- Links to a generic email address (like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo), not corporate or academic email.
- Requires no interview or previous experience.
- Came out of the blue to your inbox or phone.
- Doesn't list a recognizable department, university, or company.
- Sounds too good to be true!
Online job boards seem like a great way to scour the web for opportunities, but they also give scammers a direct line to your contact information, so be vigilant. Recognize red flags, do your homework, and make sure it's legit. Keep safe online!
If a message says a professor is looking for student help, check the Phish Bowl to see whether it's a fake message. Also, check Verified Communications (login required) to see whether it's a real Cornell message. If you don't find it in either place, check with the professor's department or college.