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Employment Scams Target College Students

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Gators, beware!

Applying for jobs or internships is very stressful, but even more stressful is becoming a victim of identity theft or financial fraud. On January 18, the
FBI issued an alert advising caution when applying for jobs online. The alert details how college students are being targeted with fake job postings. The fake job postings ask students to enter banking information and student login credentials as part of the application and “student verification” process. How can you protect yourself?

  • Don’t accept jobs that require depositing paper checks and then sending money to someone else, to pay a specified vendor for supplies like equipment or software
  • Look for poor English language use, such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and/or unprofessional sounding sentences
  • Forward any suspicious emails to Additionally, if you’re concerned that you may have responded to or clicked on a phishing link, change your GatorLink password right away. If you need help with GatorLink password issues, please contact the UF Computing Help Desk (352-392-HELP/4357)
  • Take a step back and ask yourself: Does this site look like other job application sites of similar companies and organizations?

Check out the Information Security Office’s Protect Yourself page to learn more ways to safeguard personal information.