BE AWARE OF SCAMS!

Advice on Scams

If you have concerns about the legitimacy of a job or internship posting, contact UIC Career Services at 312-996-2300. If you have been the victim of a job or phishing scam, immediately contact the UIC Police.

Avoiding a Job Posting Scam:
• Do not give your personal bank account, PayPal or credit card information when applying or when accepting a position.
• Do not have funds deposited into any accounts. In most cases, arrangements for direct deposit should be made during your first day or first week of actual employment.
• Do not transfer, wire or send money through a courier (i.e. FedEx).
• Do not respond to suspicious or "too good to be true" unsolicited job emails.

Identifying a Potentially Fraudulent Job Posting:
• You must provide your bank account or PayPal information.
• The contact email contains a non-business email or personal email.
• In some cases, a posting may appear to be from a reputable or known company but the email address does not match the domain.
• Never forward payments - they want to access your bank account.
• Most jobs never ask for an initial investment (Some networking marketing related jobs may ask you to pay a fee to obtain a sample product). Note that they are still asking you for money.
• The posting includes spelling and grammatical errors.
• A high salary is listed for minimal skills.
• You are asked to provide a photo of yourself.