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Guidelines to Avoid Online Scams

How can you tell if a job is legitimate?

How can you tell if a job posting is legitimate? Does a job offer sound too good to be true? Or did you receive a message from someone offering you a job you didn't apply to? We have put together this list of tips for avoiding fraudulent jobs and scams to ensure your job search process is as positive as possible.

Indicators an employer email may be fraudulent include:

  • There are typos or spelling mistakes in the email
  • The message is sent from a personal rather than employer email account (example: rather than @thecompany's name)
  • The "employer" asks you to send them confidential information or money
  • Online scams and attempts to collect personal data are prevalent. Beware of unsolicited job offers
  • It is important to ALWAYS safeguard your personal information.
  • Be cautious of sending your address or other identifying information to unknown contacts.
  • NEVER provide your Social Security Number, Bank Account info, or other sensitive information, via email.
  • NEVER respond to requests for check deposits, package pickups, or money transfers.
  • A legitimate employer will never ask for your bank account information, a payment for background checks or fees, or money transfers via email.
  • The only time an employer should ask for your bank account information is after you have accepted an offer and are filling out payroll forms.
  • A legitimate employer will ALWAYS ask you to fill out tax forms. We strongly advise against participating in any employment where taxes are not withheld.
  • Unfortunately, scammers can be very savvy at avoiding detection and finding ways to email or call potential victims. Be cautious when using job boards and social media.

  What the Cohen Career Center does:

  • The Cohen Career Center does not share student email addresses. We follow additional steps to safeguard information within TribeCareers.
  • We have public profiles turned off by default in TribeCareers so that employers only see active applicant information.
  • We do not share student information or provide employers with resume books.  
  • We follow a multi-step verification process for new employer registrations.
  • The TribeCareers/Symplicity system includes a peer notification system so colleagues at other colleges and universities may notify us of suspicious activity. The system also uses geolocation to verify ip addresses along with a checklist to review suspicious postings.
  • Beginning in December 2021, Symplicity’s Promote Me feature changed from opt-in to opt-out. Promote Me allows you to be open to contact from employers with subscriptions to Symplicity Recruit. Employers can use detailed filtering to find the best-fit candidates based on the students’ profile information and career interests. Once these employers find candidates they are interested in, they can view resumes and profiles and send direct communication inviting you to an upcoming event or to apply for a job. You can change your opt-in or opt-out status at any time by logging into TribeCareers.

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