Fraudulent Job Emails

How can you protect yourself from fraudulent emails/jobs?

At least once a semester there is an influx of reports from students who receive questionable emails about job opportunities.  Unfortunately, it is not difficult for spammers to send out thousands of emails about fraudulent job opportunities.  The following information will help you spot a scam.

Here is the most recent example of a SCAM:

From: Louiville.edu email address
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 7:42 AM
To: Same Louiville.edu email address
Subject: Part-time Job opportunity

Hello,

This Job is currently recruiting. A Job that will not affect your present employment or studies, fun and rewarding.  You get to make up to $300 weekly, I tried it and i made cool cash, If You are interested you can visit their website at support@xxxxxxxxxxxxx to apply and read more about the job.

Best Regards.
Job Placement & Student Services
University of Louisville
2301 S 3rd St,
Louisville, KY 40292, USA


Pay attention to these RED FLAGS:

  • TO and FROM addresses are the same and may even be a real address from a Louisville.edu domain
  • Misuse of capitalization
  • Poor sentence structure
  • Promise of easy money with little effort
  • “Website” is actually an email address
  • The office listed does not exist by that name
  • The address is a general address
  • “USA” is included in address which is usually an indication authors are from outside the country
  • If you search the Internet for the domain of the email address, it is associated with a mystery shopper company.  These companies are frequently associated with scams.  Read this related article by the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0053-mystery-shopper-scams.


Please read our last article, Beware of Recent Job Scam, regarding fraudulent postings.  Also read our page about Safe Job Hunting for more information.  If you ever have a question about a job notice you receive, please contact the Career Development Center.