Unfortunately, it’s that time of year when we begin to see an uptick in fraudulent employment opportunities. While we hope this is never the case, we want to remind our soon to be grads and those looking for summer employment to be aware of red flags when sifting through openings.

Red flags to look out for:

1. When a company uses email domains that DO NOT match their website and are personal in nature such as @gmail, @yahoo, @hotmail
2. The website listed in the posting is not active or reroutes you to another website unaffiliated with the company
3. The position requires you to invest your own money OR they ask you to provide your credit card, bank, PayPal account, etc.
4. There is no physical address listed on the job posting or the employer’s website OR the address that is listed is for a private residence
5. Watch for anonymity. It should not be difficult to find an actual contact, company name, etc.
6. The position is for any of the following: Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly Jobs, Online Surveys
7. You are asked to provide a photo of yourself
8. The posting focuses on the amount of money you will be paid rather what the position is responsible for

And remember, any job that looks too good to be true typically is.

If you are contacted by anyone suspicious or see any posting that seems fraudulent, please contact the Career Development Center at careers@mnstate.edu.