Fake Job Scams

Learn how to recognize and avoid common online scams designed to steal money or your identity.

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Warning Signs

  • A job offer from an unexpected source
  • The email address is not from the company or is misspelled
  • The company name is unknown
  • The job requires you to handle money
  • You are asked to place orders
  • Someone asks you to print checks and overnight the checks
  • You are depositing checks
  • You are asked to reship items
  • You are transferring money to other accounts
  • You are asked to purchase gift cards
  • You are asked to convert cash into bitcoin
  • You are using your bank account or opening up new accounts
  • It seems too good to be true.  A good question to ask yourself is: Why would someone pay me this much to do something they could do themselves?

What Can You Do?

  • Verify the offer by contacting the company directly
  • Look up the company on the Internet, do not use the number in the email
  • Look for a Human Resources contact and call them to ask if this is a legitimate employment offer*

* You may be able to turn this into a positive. Tell them that you researched the company and are interested in working for them. Ask the HR person how you can apply for a position.

If You Think You’re a Victim

If you think you fell for a scam, protect yourself by stopping any further communication.

  1. Change any passwords on accounts that were involved in the scam
  2. Contact any financial institutions involved
  3. Make a report to your local law enforcement.  If you are a member of the University at Buffalo, please contact University Police
  4. File a complaint at the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

The criminal may threaten you or use your identity for another scam. 

Additional Resources for Information

Contact the UBIT Help Center

Have a UBITName? You may also use the UBIT Help Center Online (login required).

(xxx) xxx-xxxx
Use your @buffalo.edu email ONLY if you have access to it