A number of fraudulent emails have been sent to Loyola University New Orleans students under the guise of offering some form of employment. Although the majority of job listings are legitimate, you may encounter scams, falsified information, or situations that can be physically or financially risky.
The Career Development Center at Loyola University New Orleans encourages you to be cautious in all of your interactions with potential employers, whether or not you learned about them through the Career Development Center. If you receive a suspicious email, please contact the Career Development Center and we will be happy to help.
Some tips to keep in mind:
- Do not provide anyone with your social security number, personal checking or banking information. This information is not needed for any step of the job search process.
- Beware of ads that make outrageous claims, don’t specify job duties and don’t require that you send a résumé. Legitimate employers are seeking candidates with specific skills, knowledge and education. Watch for ads, even for entry-level jobs, that use the phrase ‘no experience necessary,’ especially when there is a promise of big money.
- ‘Work from home’ is not a job title. If it appears in the ad header, there’s a good chance it’s a come on. Scammers can rarely resist including it in the header — it’s the bait of their ‘hook’ as they fish for people to reel in.
- Do not give out personal information online or over the phone. Personal information such as height, eye color, ethnicity, etc. does not pertain to the job search.
- Be sure the e-mail address to which you are sending information has the same domain name as the organization. For example, if applying to “Organization X,” the e-mail address should have “@Organizations X” somewhere in the address. Be wary of sites/organizations where much of the information is “under construction.”
- Research the organization to be sure that it is legitimate.
- Be especially cautious when dealing with organizations outside of your own country.
- Always use good judgment in ALL of your interactions with employers. The Career Development Center suggests that students request business references for unknown organizations before interviewing with them off campus.
- Be cautious when posting your resume online. Research the site to learn if it is legitimate. If you are unsure, limit your contact information on the resume and use generic job titles if yours are unique.
Remember: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.