Student Employment Scams
Found a job that’s too good to be true? Someone might be scamming you.
- 46% of 18-34 year-olds reported facing employment scams
- 95% of job email scams are directed at college students
- $68 MILLION was lost by students due to fake business and job scams
- Source: FTC, first quarter of 2022
Protect yourself—whether an offer is real, or a shady deal.
- Never pay for the promise of a job offer. Legitimate employers never ask for payment.
- Always do your research. Look up the company plus the words scam, review and complaint.
- Don’t share personal or financial info online. Scammers could steal your identity and your money.
- Never cash a check before you’ve done any work. It’s likely a fake check scam. The check will bounce, and you’ll end up paying for it.
- Double check job opportunities sent from your school career center. Fraudsters often disguise scams as ‘secret shopper’ jobs.
Report Employment Scams
- Federal Trade Commission reportfraud.ftc.gov
- Your state’s Attorney General naag.org/find-my-ag
- Your school’s IT department (If the fraudulent email came from a school email account)