Beware of Recent Job Scam

JULY 13, 2018

The Career Development Center wants to make you aware of a scam that is making its way around the internet. This is a typical scam that occurs occasionally in which emails are sent to students with email addresses from “employers” claiming to have received the students’ email from the Career Development Center.

The Career Development Center does not release student information to employers through Cards Career Connection powered by Handshake. More information is available from Handshake’s Student Terms of Service and Handshake’s Privacy Policy.

Unfortunately, it is not difficult for scammers to get email lists and make fraudulent claims, which is why the Career Development Center maintains tips to educate students on Safe Job Hunting.

The contact person and associated email below are not in the Handshake system. The following email is circulating now:

Good morning,

My name is Amy, I found you through University of Louisville, Career Development Center . Are you still looking for part time employment? I am currently looking to hire for the under-listed position:

Job Title: Personal Assistant Position

Seeking a self-motivated, energetic, and upbeat individual to assist with personal and business related tasks. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, polished, highly productive and able to work in a small office environment.

The ideal candidate must also be able to manage highly confidential information and have the utmost discretion.

Job Type: PT/FT Available

Work Schedule: 10-30 hours per week

Salary: $16.00 to $20.00 /hour

Candidate must be organized; excellent communicator; efficient, flexible, and proactive; no task is too big or too small)

Duties will include bill payments, shopping, occasional trips to the post office. Ideal candidate would be comfortable navigating the city on his or her own in a timely fashion.

How to apply: Email resume, availability and salary requirement to apply for this role.

Thank you!

Amy Gonzalez

What makes this questionable and raises many “red flags”?

  1. No employer information is listed.
  2. No telephone number or physical address are listed.
  3. High rate of pay for low skilled work.
  4. Sounds too good to be true.
  5. Original email looked like text was cut and pasted.
  6. Punctuation and grammar are “slightly off”.
  7. In this case, the email domain used did not match any employer domain.
  8. It claims that the Career Development Center sent out students’ contact information.

These scams have occurred for years due to the ease of mass emails, and only a few people need to fall prey to the scam. Be a savvy job searcher - review the links above! If you ever feel a position is questionable, please contact the Career Development Center and ask! 


Bill Fletcher, M.Ed.
Director, Career Development Center
University of Louisville