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Fraudulent job offers and scams can be difficult to spot. Learn how to protect yourself by knowing how to recognize red flags and what to do if you encounter a suspicious opportunity

Since the recent transition to online platforms, there has been a recent spike in email phishing attempts targeting UCLA students. The scammers have been posing as potential employers, and may be asking for personal information and/or offering jobs without any official interviews.

If you receive an email of this sort, please take no action and delete it immediately without opening. If you suspect any suspicious postings or communication from someone claiming to offer employment opportunities, please report the concern here.

It’s important that we all take steps to protect ourselves and each other from cyber security threats. Here are some things you can do to avoid fraudulent employers:

  1. Do your research! The more you know about your potential employer, the less susceptible you’ll be to scams.
  2. Don’t trust job listings with incorrect or illegitimate information.
  3. Don’t share personal passwords or banking information with a potential employer.
  4. Ask potential employers questions! Scammers won’t be prepared to answer.
  5. Being offered a job position without an interview is flattering, but it might be a scam. Be cautious of employers who are willing to skip the interview process.
  6. Verify the potential employer’s email address. If their email address matches the company they represent, they are more likely to be a legitimate source.
  7. If you are still unsure whether you’re being targeted, contact the UCLA Career Center for help.

Below are some additional resources to help keep you safe online: