Avoid Scams

Although extremely uncommon, fraudulent postings and scams can occasionally surface online. Follow the tips below to ensure you apply only to legitimate opportunities.

Red Flags – Be Warned

  • You are asked to send money, provide credit card/bank account numbers, cash or deposit checks, or wire transfer money as part of the application process.
  • You are asked for your social security number, or other important documentation, when responding to a job posting.
  • The email address you’re asked to send your application materials to is an email from a free email service provider (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.). Do keep in mind that there may be times when legitimate startup employers may use such emails. If unsure, ask us!
  • The job listing uses incorrect spelling, poor grammar, or is too good to be true.
  • You are offered a job without an application, interview, or discussion with the employer.
  • The salary details in your job offer aren’t clear. Carefully investigate the details so that you know what you can expect.

Protect Yourself

  • Do not send money, provide account numbers, cash checks received, or provide your social security number during the application process.
  • Research an employer to ascertain their legitimacy. If a phone number is available, call them and ask if they are currently recruiting at Purdue.
  • Remember personal physical safety. If invited to an interview, make sure the venue is a legitimate business location. When in doubt, ask for a virtual interview.
  • Do not depend on spoken promises, get it in writing!

If You Suspect a Scam

  • Contact the CCO at 765-494-3981 or via email at askcco@purdue.edu.
  • If this incident occurred on a website other than a Purdue domain, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/.
  • If money has already been sent to a fraudulent employer, contact PUPD at their non-emergency number: (765) 494-8221 to begin a reporting process that may be required by financial institutions for investigative purposes.