University of Vermont

Fraudulent Job Postings

Students using on-line job posting systems or responding to emails should always use caution and common sense.  Some Internet users create fraudulent positions in an attempt to gain personal information.  Whether they appear on Handshake, online bulletin boards, or come directly to your email, it is very important that you research all postings carefully.  Some job posting red flags include:

  • Requests to provide personal financial documentation, credit card or bank numbers.  Never do this!
  • The organization website doesn’t go to organization or is lacking information.
  • The posting includes misspelled words or grammatical errors.
  • The position requires an investment of money or a transfer of funds.
  • The position responsibilities are unclear.
  • The description focuses on the money to be made rather than the responsibilities.  If it sounds too good to be true – be very careful.
  • The contact email is not tied to an organization but consists only of a free access email account.
  • When you Google the organization name plus “scam”, you receive scam reports.
  • When you Google the employer’s email address or phone number, it does not appear to be connected to an actual organization.
  • The employer contacts you but there is no way for you to call them back (the number is not available).

If you encounter questionable postings:

  1. End all communication with the employer.  If you have disclosed personal information, closely monitor your accounts for fraudulent activity or contact your bank or credit card company immediately to close your account or dispute charges
  2. Report the fraudulent activity to the police. 
  3. If there is a UVM connection to the posting, contact Career Center at (802) 656-3450 to report the issue.

Tips for students using online sites are also available at:


Last modified July 06 2017 08:40 AM