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Fraudulent Job Postings

In addition to the hundreds of great opportunities from legitimate employers listed on Handshake, we unfortunately see occasional fraudulent postings as well. Find information on how to report fraudulent job postings to the San Diego State University Police on their website.

Despite our monitoring of incoming postings, it is important that students carefully review job postings for signs of fraud.

Warning signs

In the COVID-19 era, virtual job search safety is more important than ever. Here are some warning signs to look out for when evaluating a potential opportunity:

  • You are asked to 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. Note: This sample is for illustration purposes only (PDF).
  • You receive an unexpectedly large check. Note: these samples are for illustration purposes only (PDF):
  • This is not an exhaustive list. There may be other clues, or a fraudulent posting may not conform to any of these conditions — but these are common tactics.

Scam and fraudulent postings are not limited to online job boards. Some scams are posted on physical bulletin boards around campus and may seem like they're affiliated with or promoting advocacy groups or causes that students care about.

What to do

  1. If you receive a Phishing Email:
  2. After reporting to [email protected], if you are using the Gmail interface, you can report phishing directly to Google:
    • Sign in to Gmail.
    • Open the message you'd like to report.
    • Click the triple-dot icon next to Reply, at the top-right of the message pane.
    • Select Report phishing.
  3. Delete emails and messages that ask you to confirm or provide personal information.
  4. Do not reply, click on the links, or provide any sensitive information / user credentials.
  5. Additionally, you may report this to Career Services at [email protected].

Another resource available to you as an SDSU student is the San Diego State University Police especially if you provided bank routing information, if funds were transfered into your account or if any withdrawals occurred. Your bank account may likely be receiving stolen money and you are being used to transfer the stolen money to criminals. Even though you may not be aware that a crime was committed, you could still be an accessory to the crime and could face prosecution. Find resources and contact information on their website.