Fraudulent Job & Internship Posting Warning & Disclaimer
The University of Delaware Career Services posts job listings for the convenience of students. The university does not endorse or recommend employers, and a posting does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. The university explicitly makes no representations or guarantees about job listings or the accuracy of the information provided by the employer. The university is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment without limitation. It is the responsibility of students to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting private, off-campus employment and to thoroughly research the facts and reputation of each organization to which they are applying. Students should be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.
Red Flags: How to identify a potentially fraudulent posting
Visit the company web site. If the company in question doesn't have a web site or the web site does not seem to match the advertised job, there may be cause for concern. Note the professionalism of the web site. Is there specific contact information? Are jobs and career information actually posted on the site? Lack of pertinent information is a red flag.
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Do you have any connections to help you find inside information? If you belong to a professional association, they may be able to put you in touch with people who can advise you. Search LinkedIn by "People" and the advanced search fields for "Company Name." Click the "Current Companies Only" checkbox to receive information on people currently listed as employed by this company.
- Use Google
Google is an excellent tool to research the company. Search by the name of the company to see what information you can find. You can also search by "<company name> scam" to see if this company has been reported as a scam.
If you are not sure a company is legitimate, request a list of other employees or contractors. Then contact the references to see how satisfied they are. If a company is not willing to share references (names, email addresses and phone numbers), this is a red flag.
Be careful when an employer cannot communicate accurately or effectively on the web site, by email, over the telephone, etc. If communications are sloppy, how professional is the organization?
Most legitimate employers will not charge to hire you! Don't send money for work-at-home directories, advice on getting hired, company information or for anything else related to the job. There are some well-known internship programs that do require payment to place you in internships. Remember that Handshake and other data bases can provide UD students with free help in locating internships.
- Do not give your personal bank account, PayPal account, or credit card information to a new employer.
- Do not agree to have funds or paychecks directly deposited into any accounts by a new employer. (Arrangements for direct deposit or paycheck should be made during your first day or week of actual employment on site – not before.)
- Do not forward, transfer or send by courier (i.e. FedEx, UPS), or “wire” any money to any employer, for any employer, using your personal account(s).
- Do not transfer money and retain a portion for payment.
- Do not respond to suspicious and/or “too good to be true” unsolicited job emails.
- In general, applicants do not pay a fee to obtain a job (but there are some rare exceptions – so be careful, and consult with a professional at the Career Services Center first).
When information about salary is not listed on a job posting, try to find out if you will receive a salary or be paid on commission. Find out how much you will be paid, how often you will be paid and how you will be paid. If the company does not pay an hourly rate or a salary, be cautious and investigate further.
Read all information carefully. If the opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Just because a job lead appears in a legitimate publication, it does not mean that the job or company is, necessarily, legitimate. Forget getting rich quick.
If you have encountered a fraudulent posting, company or organization, please contact the Employer Relations Team at University of Delaware Career Services via phone (302-831-2391) or email firstname.lastname@example.org, so the posting can be investigated and appropriate action can be taken.
You should immediately contact the local police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state).
If you have sent money to a fraudulent employer, you should contact your bank and/or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.
To learn more about employment scams, your rights, and appropriate actions, please visit this helpful page from the Riley Guide: http://www.rileyguide.com/scams.html
All job listings are posted at the discretion of Career Services. We will not post jobs that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, disabled or Vietnam Era veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. Career Services also reserves the right to refuse to post jobs that do not support the interests of the university.