DO YOU KNOW THE SENDER? - If an employer you do not know or did not previously contact
sends you an email, that email is highly suspect and you should delete or proceed
with caution. Some employers will even state that they are replying to an email you
sent them (which is a lie) in an attempt to get you to reply, providing information.
Do not reply and report this activity to our office.
LITTLE EFFORT, HIGH REWARD$ - Often, fraudulent positions offer high rewards and a
quick turn-around for little initial effort. Be cautious of these advertisements.
You may be offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of
your bank account (often for depositing checks or transferring money). Avoid these
YOUR SAN JAC STUDENT EMAIL – San Jacinto College will never sell or supply your email
address without your permission. If an employer claims they did receive your email
from a San Jacinto College representative, confirm that fact with the SJC Career Services
Office or a San Jacinto College employee.
EMAIL EXTENSION - If the employer’s email address is not representative of their company
(or few details about the company are provided), the message is suspicious. The majority
of legitimate company representatives would not use an email address different from
their own company web address extension. For example:
Jane Smith from Peach Tree Accounting sends you an email about a potential job.
Her email would appear as firstname.lastname@example.org or something similar.
Her email, if legitimate, would not be “email@example.com” or “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
IMPORTANT: Even if the email does appear legitimate, some criminals go to great lengths
to disguise their scams, so always proceed with caution or contact our office to verify
JOB SEARCH SITES - Some employer-imposters pose as legitimate employers using job
search sites (monster, indeed, etc.) to take advantage of unsuspecting students or
alumni. Many job sites do allow for legitimate communication to take place between
an employer and applicant, so this is not unusual. However, remain cautious and always
verify information if you have any doubts.
PAY TO WORK - Any position offered where you must pay any “initial startup” fees (or
similar), membership, or privilege/application fees should be avoided. Also avoid
those asking for your credit card, checking or other bank account information.
WORK FROM HOME - Legitimate opportunities to work from home do exist, but be careful
when inquiring. Many use catchy phrases like “make $200 a day” or similar statements.
Avoid these “employers”. TOP 10 TIPS FOR FRAUDULENT JOBS San Jacinto College- Career
HIRED WITH NO INTERVIEW - You merely supplied your contact information and they “hired”
you. This is not common for any employer that works with our office to hire students.
NO CONTACT/PERSONAL INFO. - If you are asked to provide your contact/personal information
(even sometimes a photo) in the 1st email you receive, do not reply. The sender is
merely hoping to acquire your data and possibly steal your identity.
YOU RECEIVE A CHECK IN THE MAIL - DO NOT process the check. This is an attempt to
steal your bank account/personal information. Employers may ask you to do this as
part of an application process or test to get hired. Do not reply to the employer
and notify our office immediately.