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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.


  • Never:

    • 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.
    • 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, 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 |
Brandon Yellow
BRUNO CONSTRUCTION (A real company, rep falsely represented company) dkevincarter66 at
Career Builder/Lorena - Personal Assistant/Executive Assistant or 925-384-3778
Carol Reed / Personal Assistant,
Cam-Star Camera USA/CamStarUsa,,,,
Cathy Pierce Personal Assistant
CISCOsystems® (A real company, rep used logo incorrectly) collinspeter2020 at, amanda.cisco22 at, jodanklinton at
College Works Painting,,
Combined Insurance (A real company, rep used logo incorrectly)  
Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) support at,
Elkay Manufacturing Company stevenchu849 at, icemanod001 at,
Evertech Corporation,
First Emirates Aviation Group
Franz Haniel and CIE
GEP Solution PVT Ltd,,
Gulf Planet Aviation Services
Interdisciplinary Research Role
Jamie S. Oliver - Part-time Administrative Assistant 515-612-8212
Johnson Peters
Julie Lockwood, Professor and Director, Administrative Assistant - The Department of Biological Sciences  
Keystone Property Group
Ladonnia G. Lewis - Administrative/Personnel Assistant
MGEMS Marketing Internship
Mrs. Lynn Sveum, Personal Assistant
Norman CCTV Cameras & Surveillance ("affiliate of") frankherrera1800 at
Nina Magon,,
OrgVitallity LLC
Posting as – Part-Time: Internship
Posting as – Department: Advanced Research Computing Rutgers University Student Part-Time Job
Posting as – Research Opportunity!!!, Professor: Christine Barone
Posting as – Professor: Christine Barone / Interdisciplinary Research or
Posting as – Professor: James Abello
Posting as – Personal Assistant
Research Opportunity
R&R Textile Mills Inc. (A real company, rep falsely represented company)  
Rutgers University, Professor Jason Holmes - interdisciplinary research project
Rutgers University department of Psychology, Research Assistant Prof. Brian Daniels, Nelson Biology Laboratories, Busch (857) 267-1359
Rutgers University Foundation - Research Position
Student Unemployment Assistance Program (SUAP) Prof. Page Guzman. Senior Policy Advisor, Prof. Patino Linares, Senior Policy Advisor,
Student Unemployment Assistance Program (SUAP)
Student Unemployment Assistance Program (SUAP), University Education Department Office Prof. Messina E. Hess. Senior Policy Advisor
Synnex Corporation
Thomas Muller; Summer Research Assistant
The Premier Intern
Trivision Camera USA,
Trace Stephens,,,
US Department of Education
Verde, LLC
Works and Process Inc
Zebra Technologies