We want to remind you of ways to protect yourself against scams. In the past, students and others in the NYU community have received phone calls from people claiming to work for some office within the US government. Or they have been contacted by people claiming to work for law enforcement in their home country or for some office within their home country’s government. Others have received calls claiming to be from shipping companies that have found drugs, false immigration documents, or other illegal items in a shipment sent under the student’s name. Almost all of these calls also involve forceful and persuasive requests for students to provide personal financial information, including credit or debit card numbers; or for students to purchase Apple gift cards, send bitcoin funds, or in some other way make payment or take action immediately.
Please contact us if you get a call like this. To prevent yourself from falling victim to a scam, review information from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services on common immigrant scams. For safety tips in and around New York, stay up to date from NYU Public Safety.
While you are working hard to land your dream job or internship, also be aware that if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Con artists and scammers post fraudulent jobs and offer services that can be difficult to spot. If you receive a suspicious email or call from an employer, or have suspicious contact with an employer during an interview or in-person interaction, it is extremely important to exercise caution. Additionally, fraudulent employers and organizations often contact students outside of the career center platforms through email, student clubs, and social media channels.
If you feel uncomfortable about a job opportunity or offered service, do not click on any links and do not provide any personal information.
Additionally, while there are many reputable third party recruitment and staffing agencies, use discretion engaging with individuals and organizations who charge extensive fees for career coaching and resume writing support (provided to NYU students at no cost at the Wasserman Center). Additionally, be extremely cautious engaging with services which offer guaranteed internship or job placement.
If you are suspicious of an email or interaction, end all communication with the employer and contact the Wasserman Center at email@example.com or 212.998.4737. Additionally, please contact NYU Public Safety to file a report at 212.998.2222, or by visiting their Command Center at 7 Washington Place.
If the incident occurred completely over the internet, you can file an incident report with the US Department of Justice 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.