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Employer Red Flags & How to Spot a Scam

When in doubt, contact the Center for Career and Professional Developmenet at Our staff will help you identify if the opportunity is a scam! We strongly recommend contacting us before you agree to any employment terms.

Not every flag will prove to be a scam. Below are some items to be aware of when applying for jobs online:

  • A job posting should not ask for personal information- social security numbers, bank account or credit card information, etc. (once you are employed, you may be offered the option of direct deposit which will require banking information.)
  • A job posting should never require an investment, start-up fund, or money transfer.
  • Jobs that require minimal experience and responsibilities do not typically offer large sums of money or high level positions such as CEO. Sometimes positions really are “too good to be true!"
  • Most companies will have a website or some information online. Be wary of any companies that do not have a website or have a simple website that only speaks about the posted position. You can search for the company name or the individual listed as the company contact to verify that they are legitimate. 
  • Legitimate job postings are typically well written with no spelling or grammatical errors.
  • Job and internship postings should always list what your expected responsibilities are and where they are expected to be carried out.  Beware of postings that focus mainly on the income of the position. Employers do not typically contact applicants immediately.
  • Employers have a large number of applications to go through before selecting potential candidates. However, it is common to receive a confirmation email following your application.
  • Employers contacting potential candidates should provide a legitimate way to reach them. Be wary of employers tha do not provide a way to reach them.

External Resources to Spot and Report a Job Scam: