Job Offer Scams
There are always a lot of job scam emails! These scammers advertise jobs, but they really want your money and personal information. Examples of job scams can include:
- Work-from-home job scams. They promise to work from home for a lot of income.
- Nanny, caregiver, and virtual personal assistant job scams. These promise jobs to someone in your community or organization.
- Mystery shopper scam. These promise you will be paid for shopping.
- Job placement service scams. These appear to come from staffing agencies, temp agencies, headhunters, etc.
- Government and postal job scams. These promise a lucrative job with the federal government or postal service.
Recent email examples sent to EKU users:
What to do when you receive these:
- Remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is
- Legitimate people will not email from @gmail account
- Never pay for the "promise" of a job
- Don't send your personal information, financial information, or open their attachments!
- When in doubt, forward the message to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for a job:
- On-campus jobs: Human Resources (https://jobs.eku.edu/)
- Off-campus jobs: Go to the Office of Academic and Career Services (https://oacs.eku.edu/)
If you were scammed?
- First, if you sent any login information--usernames/passwords--reset those immediately
- Contact any financial services companies right away if you sent a check or used a debit card, credit card, etc.
- Report this to the FTC: https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/
- Report to the state's attorney general: https://www.naag.org/find-my-ag/
- More tips to read about if you were scammed: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/what-do-if-you-were-scammed