Important Security/Fraud Alert

In addition to the hundreds of great opportunities from legitimate employers listed on Seawolf Jobs, we unfortunately occasionally see fraudulent postings as well. While Career Services does not knowingly approve these postings, fraudulent jobs may appear on Seawolf Jobs from time to time.

We do our very best to audit each job submitted to our office in order to protect our students, but it is also important for all students to exercise caution and common sense while job seeking. You should always read position descriptions with a discriminating eye and thoroughly research a company before applying for any job.

Check out this video for more information on fraudulent jobs.

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
When you’re reading through a position description that seems too good to be true, if you feel uncomfortable at any stage in the process, or something just doesn’t feel right, proceed cautiously or stop the interactions and contact Career Services for assistance.

Tip: Google the company.
Before applying for any job, you should always review the company’s website and Google the company along with words such as, “scam”, “fraud”, etc.

Here are some fraudulent job warning signs (information courtesy of UCSB):

  • You are hired without ever interviewing or meeting your potential employer.
  • There are multiple misspellings in the job description and in your correspondence with the employer.
  • At the time of hire, the employer tells you they are travelling internationally and needs you to be their assistant or run errands for them.
  • At the time of hire, the employer tells you they are travelling internationally and needs you to be their assistant or run errands for them.
  • You are asked to send a payment by wire service or courier.
  • You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account - often for depositing checks or transferring money.
  • You receive an unexpectedly large check.
  • You are asked to transfer money, including via e-Bay, PayPal or Western Union money orders.
  • You are promised a large salary for very little work or the salary is way out of range for an entry level position, part-time job, or internship.
  • You are asked for personal information such as your Social Security Number before being considered for the position.
  • You are requested to send a photo copy of your ID, i.e., driver's license to "verify identity".
  • You are asked to complete a background check before you can be considered for a position.
  • The posting appears to come from a legitimate company or organization, but the contact's e-mail address doesn't match the company's website domain (i.e., jdoe@gmail.com rather than jdoe@companyname.com).
  • The job posting doesn't mention the responsibilities of the job; rather it focuses on the amount of money you will make.
  • The position initially seems to be a traditional job, but upon further research or contact, is actually an independent contractor or franchise opportunity.
  • The position requires upfront fee.

This is not an exhaustive list - there may be other clues, or a fraudulent posting may not conform to any of these conditions - but these are common tactics. Scam/fraudulent postings are not limited to online job boards; some scams are posted on physical bulletin boards around campus or advertised in the school newspaper and may seem like they're affiliated with or promoting advocacy groups or causes that students care about.

What to do if you encounter a fraudulent job on Seawolf Jobs:

  • If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of a posting, please contact our office before applying for the job.
  • Please report your experience to SSU Career Services as soon as possible. You can call us at (707) 664-2198, email us at careerservices@sonoma.edu, or visit us in Salazar 1070 (Monday – Friday, 9AM – 4PM).
  • Contact Police Services to report the fraud or scam.
  • If you have sent money to a fraudulent organization or money has been taken from your account, contact your bank or credit card company immediately to close your account and/or dispute the charges.
  • If the incident occurred entirely over the internet, file an incident report with the FCC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or on the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section website).

If you have any questions or concerns about any job posting on the Career Services system, DO NOT APPLY for the job, and please contact our office at (707) 664-2198, email the JLD Staff at careerservices@sonoma.edu, or visit us in Salazar 1070 (Monday-Friday, 9AM to 4PM).