Take an active role in protecting yourself from job scams that seek to take advantage of you as a job seeker. We outline below some potential red flags to be aware of, however, ultimately we encourage you to use good judgement and seek the advice of the University Career Center & The President’s Promise if you have any suspicion regarding an employer or opportunity.  Though the Career Center staff conduct a minimal level of due diligence on all employers and job postings listed in the Careers4Terps job/internship database, we recommend you apply the following tips to your job search both using Careers4Terps and when using other public job boards.

Potential Red Flags for a Fraudulent Employer

  • It is difficult to find additional information about the employer (employer name, website, physical address, LinkedIn account)
  • The organization does not have a physical address or the address is a residential (home) address or P.O. Box
  • The organization website do not work properly, possesses very limited information or provides information not related to the organization at all
  • The contact email address for the organization differs from that of the organization, for example: The organization is KPMG however the contact’s email is kpng.com or NAME@gmail.com
  • The organization shows up when you do a Google search using the employer name and the word “scam”
  • The employer offers you a position without any interaction with you (no phone or in-person interview, rather solely upon an email or resume)

Potential Red Flags for a Fraudulent Job Posting

  • The position description is not professionally written; includes spelling and grammatical errors
  • The position requests you to submit personal information such as your social security number, bank account or credit card information
  • The job description is very vague and the compensation for the work outlined seems too good to be true (i.e. can make up to $2000 per week for only 10 hours of minimal work)
  • The position requires that you complete an “assignment” prior to the official start date to test your ability to do the job effectively
  • The position requires an initial investment of money, out of your pocket, for some aspect of the work (i.e. purchase of supplies or training)
  • The position requires you deposit a sum of money into your bank account when you have done no work to earn any money

Additional websites for researching employers:

If you engage what you believe to be a fraudulent employer or are ever concerned about the legitimacy of an employer or a job/internship position:

  • End all communication with the employer immediately
  • Contact the University Career Center & The President’s Promise for assistance regarding next steps at ucc-studenthelp@umd.edu or by calling 301-314-7225.
Federal Trade Commission - Job Scams