Husker Hire Link and other on-line resources list jobs posted by employers seeking candidates. Unfortunately, some internet scammers create fraudulent positions. UNL Career Services carefully screens employers and positions, but you must always use common sense and caution. Some information resources include:

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Possible Signs of a Fraudulent Opportunity

  • You must provide your credit card, bank account numbers, or other personal financial documentation.
  • The position requires an initial investment, such as a payment by wire service or courier.
  • The posting appears to come from a legitimate organization, but the contact's e-mail doesn't match the organization’s web domain (i.e., jdoe@gmail.com rather than jdoe@companyname.com)
  • The posting includes many spelling and grammatical errors.
  • The organization website doesn't go to the right organization or doesn’t have much information. Scammers often create basic web pages that seem legit at first glance.
  • The contact email address contains the domain @live.com.
  • The position is for: Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly Jobs, Online Surveys, Mystery Shoppers, or virtual Administrative Assistants or Bookkeepers.
  • The posting doesn’t mention the job responsibilities but focuses on the money to be made or indicates a compensation higher than the average compensation for that position type.
  • When you Google the organization name and the word "scam" (i.e. Acme Company Scam), the results show several scam reports.
  • When you Google the employer's phone number, fax number and/or email address, it does not appear connected to an actual business organization.
  • The employer contacts you by phone, however there is no way to call them back. The number is not available.
  • The employer tells you that they do not have an office set-up in your area, and will need you to help them get it up and running (these postings often include a request for your banking information, supposedly to help the employer make transactions).

Next Steps

If you encounter questionable postings in Husker Hire Link or other online sites:

  • End all communication with the employer. If personal information was disclosed, monitor your accounts over the next few days.
  • If you have sent money to a fraud employer, contact your bank or credit card company immediately to close your account and dispute the charges.
  • Report the fraud or scam to UNL Career Services and possibly the police.
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