Important Information Regarding Fraudulent Job Postings
The Wasserman Center for Career Development makes every effort to screen employers and job postings on NYU CareerNet. However, if you receive a suspicious email or phone message from an employer, it is extremely important to exercise caution.
If you feel uncomfortable about a job opportunity you receive by email or find on any job board, DO NOT click on any links and DO NOT provide any personal information. Generally, if the posting or email contains any of the following, please proceed with caution:
- Offers to pay a large amount of money for very little work
- Offers you a job without ever interacting with you
- Requests personal information from you such as Social Security Number, bank account
numbers, credit card information, copies of your passport or license and/or other personal
- Requests you to transfer or wire money from one account to another
- Offers you a large payment in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account — often
for depositing checks or transferring money
- Offers to send you a check before you do any work
- Sends you an unexpectedly large check
- Requests payment by wire service or courier
If you are wary of a job posting or email, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does this job promise a large salary for almost no work? Especially if I have
little or none of the required experience?
- Does this position offer me a large payment or reward in exchange for
allowing the use of my bank account?
- Does the contact's email address match the company's website domain?
(i.e. JohnSmith@gmail.com rather than JohnSmith@companyname.com)?
- Are there multiple misspellings in the job posting or email?
- Does the posting focus more on the money I will make rather than the
responsibilities of the job?
- Does this opportunity sound too good to be true?
If you are suspicious of a posting or email, end all communication with the employer and contact the Wasserman Center by emailing email@example.com or calling 212-998-4737.
If the incident occurred completely over the Internet, you can file an incident report with the US Department of Justice: http://www.cybercrime.gov/, or by calling the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
Once you are hired, if you have any concerns about the legitimacy of the company or believe the work environment to be unsafe, contact the US Department of Labor — http://www.dol.gov/index.htm.
Additional Resources Regarding Safe Online Job Searching:
Terms & Conditions
The NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development (The Center) acts only as an intermediary between employers posting job opportunities and candidates searching for job opportunities. The Center is not involved in the actual transaction between employers and candidates. As a result, The Center has no control over the quality, safety or legality of the jobs or resumes posted, the truth or accuracy of the listings, the ability of employers to offer job opportunities to candidates or the ability of candidates to fill job openings.
For goverment guidelines and standards on internships/trainee programs, please see the Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor. In addition, because user authentication on the Internet is difficult, The Center cannot and does not confirm that each user is who they claim to be. Because we do not and cannot control the behavior of participants on our web site, in the event that you have a dispute with one or more users, you release The Center and New York University (and our agents and employees) from claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential, direct and indirect of every kind and nature, known and unknown), arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes. If you are a student, by submitting your resume to any service including NYU CareerNet, the On-Campus Recruiting program, any Resume Book and the Fax Referral Service, you are authorizing The Center to forward your resume to selected employer partners.
Finally, note that we expect that you will use caution and common sense when using the web site. The material contained herein may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. The Center makes no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the website or the material. The use of the web site is at your own risk.