Fraudulent Employer Scams
Fraudulent Employer Reminder
There has been an increase in fraudulent employment postings across the nation. Fraudulent employers are phishing for the unsuspecting, so if you feel uncomfortable or are not sure about specific organizations or individuals claiming to represent an employer, please contact us. We have created a list of recently reported fraudulent postings and information on how to recognize and avoid job scams below.
Recognize & Avoid Job Scams
Career Exploration and Success offers Rutgers Handshake as a resource for employers to connect with Rutgers-New Brunswick students and alumni seeking internships, co-ops, and career-related jobs. Nationally, career services departments are reporting an uptick in fraudulent employer postings to online platforms.
- Agree to purchase gift cards or equipment for an employer.
- Give out personal information like your social security, credit card, or bank account number over email or phone.
- Take cashier’s checks or money orders as a form of payment. Fake checks are common and the bank where you cash it will hold you accountable.
- Cash a check that comes with “extra” money. Scammers send checks that require you to deposit a check at your bank, withdraw the “extra” money as cash, and then deposit that cash elsewhere. The check will bounce and you will be held accountable.
- Wire funds via Western Union, MoneyGram, or any other service. Anyone who asks you to wire money is a scammer.
- Apply for jobs listed by someone far away or in another country.
- Agree to a background check unless you have met the employer in person.
- Apply for a job that is emailed to you out of the blue.
- Never accept and deposit a check to purchase supplies, or work with gift cards, even if the employers state they are university professors seeking research assistance. View additional information about this here.
- Review jobs thoroughly. If a job is offering a lot of money for very little work, it could be a scammer trying to get personal information from you.
- Research the employer. Do they have a reputable website or professional references? Is the job listing you want to apply for also on their main career page? Note: work-study jobs may not be advertised on employer websites.
- Check employer messages carefully for typos and incorrect grammar, as well as non-professional email addresses, ex. gmail.com.
- Meet face-to-face with a potential employer. An in-person interview or informal discussion will help you determine the employer’s intentions.
- Be sure to choose a public place to meet, tell someone where you are going, and bring your cell phone, just in case.
- Trust your instincts. If a job sounds too good to be true, it is likely a scam.
Job Scam Scenario
A student applies for an online data entry job posted by a scammer from out-of-state. When payday rolls around, the scammer tells the student they will receive a cashier’s check, however, the value of the check will be more than what the student has earned. The scammer offers to “trust” the student and asks that they repay the difference with a wire transfer. The student cashes the cashier’s check and then wires the scammer the balance. Even though the bank cashes the check, it is later discovered to be a fake and does not clear. The student now owes the bank the full value of the check.
Visit the Federal Trade Commission for more examples and signs of a job scam. See quick tips to avoid phishing scams.
Recent Scam Alerts
Career Exploration and Success has been alerted by various sources to employment scams that are targeting college students.
CES strives to keep fraudulent and scam postings off the system; however, it is impossible to ensure that every posting is legitimate and impossible to keep track of every position after submission. CES relies on students to notify us if they feel a posting is potentially fraudulent. Rutgers University also has resources available to assist students with protecting their identity. Therefore, we are sharing common “red flags,” to be on the lookout for when utilizing Handshake or any other posting system.
To report a scam, file a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission. Check out their video on how to report scam and more ways to avoid fraud.
If you think a job listing on the Rutgers Handshake platform is suspicious, let us know! We can remove the job posting and provide you with further information. You should also contact Cindy Hendricks and the email@example.com, they will be your best bet to help mitigate any potential threat of ID Theft.
Our goal is to provide accurate job listing information on our website; however, we make no representations or guarantees about positions posted by our office. You are responsible for your own safety, wages, and working conditions. Review our disclaimer for more information.
Information adapted from the University of Colorado Boulder
It is important that potentially fraudulent employers, whether found through the Rutgers Handshake platform or through another source, be reported to Career Exploration and Success and Rutgers University Fraud Protection.
Here are some recently reported postings:
|Organization||Recruiter Email Address|
|Administrative/Personnel Assistant||Lynn Sveum | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|BRUNO CONSTRUCTION (A real company, rep falsely represented company)||dkevincarter66 at gmail.com|
|Career Builder/Lorena - Personal Assistant/Executive Assistantemail@example.com or 925-384-3778|
|Carol Reed / Personal Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
|Cam-Star Camera USA/CamStarUsafirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cathy Pierce Personal Assistantemail@example.com|
|CISCOsystems® (A real company, rep used logo incorrectly)||collinspeter2020 at gmail.com, amanda.cisco22 at gmail.com, jodanklinton at gmail.com|
|College Works Paintingfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Combined Insurance (A real company, rep used logo incorrectly)|
|CORESTAFF Serviceemail@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES)||support at wearetddc.com, email@example.com|
|Elkay Manufacturing Company||stevenchu849 at yahoo.com, icemanod001 at att.net, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Evertech Corporationemail@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|First Emirates Aviation Groupemail@example.com|
|Franz Haniel and CIEfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|GEP Solution PVT Ltd||Johnsonjakedesk@gmail.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gulf Planet Aviation Servicesemail@example.com|
|Interdisciplinary Research Role||Charlescowan.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jamie S. Oliver - Part-time Administrative Assistant||515-612-8212|
|Julie Lockwood, Professor and Director, Administrative Assistant - The Department of Biological Sciences|
|Keystone Property Groupemail@example.com|
|Ladonnia G. Lewis - Administrative/Personnel Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|MGEMS Marketing Internship||President@mmgems.net|
|Mrs. Lynn Sveum, Personal Assistantemail@example.com|
|Norman CCTV Cameras & Surveillance ("affiliate of")||frankherrera1800 at gmail.com|
|Nina Magonfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Posting as – Part-Time: Internshipemail@example.com|
|Posting as – Department: Advanced Research Computing||Rutgers University Student Part-Time Job|
|Posting as – Research Opportunity!!!, Professor: Christine Baronefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Posting as – Professor: Christine Barone / Interdisciplinary Researchemail@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Posting as – Professor: James Abelloemail@example.com|
|Posting as – Personal Assistant||Cathypierce1958@gmail.com|
|R&R Textile Mills Inc. (A real company, rep falsely represented company)|
|Rutgers University, Professor Jason Holmes - interdisciplinary research firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rutgers University department of Psychology, Research Assistant Prof. Brian Daniels, Nelson Biology Laboratories, Busch||(857) 267-1359|
|Rutgers University Foundation - Research Positionemail@example.com|
|Student Unemployment Assistance Program (SUAP)||Prof. Page Guzman. Senior Policy Advisor, Prof. Patino Linares, Senior Policy Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Student Unemployment Assistance Program (SUAP)||email@example.com
|Student Unemployment Assistance Program (SUAP), University Education Department Office||Prof. Messina E. Hess. Senior Policy Advisor
|Thomas Muller; Summer Research Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|The Premier Internemail@example.com|
|Trivision Camera USAfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
|Trace Stephensfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
|US Department of Educationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Works and Process Inc||Jamesscott020202@gmail.com|