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Important information regarding fraudulent job postings

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Career Development Center (CDC) makes every effort to screen employers and job postings on UMD CareerLink. However, if you receive a suspicious email or phone message from an employer, it is extremely important to exercise caution.

If you feel uncomfortable about a job opportunity you find on CareerLink, receive by email, or have found on any job board or search engine, do not click on any links and do not provide any personal information.

Generally, if the posting or email contains any of the following, please proceed with caution:

  • An offer to pay you a large amount of money for very little work
  • Offer of  a job without ever interacting with you
  • Request for personal information from you such as Social Security Number, bank account numbers, credit card information, copies of your passport or license and/or other personal documents
  • Request for you to transfer or wire money from one account to another
  • Offer of a large payment in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account — often for depositing checks or transferring money
  • Offer to send you a check before you do any work
  • Request for  payment by wire service or courier

If you are wary of a job posting or email, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does this job promise a large salary for almost no work? Especially if I have little or none of the required experience?
  • Does this position offer me a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of my bank account?
  • Does the contact's email address match the company's website domain? (i.e. JohnSmith@gmail.com rather than JohnSmith@companyname.com)?
  • Are there multiple misspellings in the job posting or email?
  • Does the posting focus more on the money I will make rather than the responsibilities of the job?
  • Does this opportunity sound too good to be true?

If you are suspicious of a posting or email, end all communication with the employer and contact the CDC: cdcinfo@umassd.edu or 508.999.8658.

If the incident occurred completely over the Internet, you can file an incident report with the US Department of Justice: http://www.cybercrime.gov/, or by calling the FTC at: 1.877.FTC.HELP (1.877.382.4357).

Once you are hired, if you have any concerns about the legitimacy of the company or believe the work environment to be unsafe, contact the US Department of Labor: http://www.dol.gov/index.htm.

Additional Resources: Safe Online Job Searching

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