Fraudulent Job Alert

Unfortunately fraudulent job postings continue to be prevalent on the internet as scam artists try to take advantage of eager job seekers.  Therefore, be especially vigilant right now if you are searching for a job!

The Career Center does review new employer registrations and tries to spot any questionable job listings on Handshake, but these "employers" can be very creative.  Contact the Career Center immediately if you are suspicious of any employer listing or follow-up.  You are the next line of defense against these scam artists.

Activity for these types of scams generally occurs over the weekend.   Pay special attention to jobs that may have been posted on a Saturday or Sunday when reviewing jobs on any job board.  Here are some good clues that a job is probably a scam:

  • Your contact’s email address is a gmail or other generic email account and does not match the company’s website domain.
  • The employer claims to be out of the country on business and is willing to hire you without meeting you and going through a typical interview and hiring process.
  • You must give your credit card or bank account numbers, or copies of personal documents - but you get nothing in writing.
  • You must send payment by wire service or courier.
  • You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account - often for depositing checks or transferring money.
  • You will receive an unexpectedly large check in exchange for services rather than for performing typical job responsibilities.  For example, you are asked to make specific purchases and then send them to another party.

In most cases, if an employment arrangement seems “too good to be true,” it probably is!  Proceed with caution.  Ask questions. Conduct an internet search of the organization or the address.  Don’t be pressured into accepting a job that makes you suspicious or uncomfortable.  End all communications if you doubt the legitimacy of the job or the company.

Contact the Career Center at recruit@berkeley.edu to report any questionable Handshake employer listings or follow-up activity.  You may also file a report directly with UCPD in 1 Sproul.  Also notify your financial institution(s) if you are concerned about the security of your accounts.

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