Fraudulent Job Postings

Career Services Disclaimer

The SUNY Oswego Career Services Office serves as a referral source for jobs and other opportunities and generally cannot make specific recommendations regarding off-campus employers.  Career Services makes no guarantees about the positions listed by us on Handshake. Career Services is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions or other aspects of off-campus employment.  Due to the large volume of jobs received by our office, we are not able to research the integrity of each and every organization or individual that lists a job with us.  Students and alumni are urged to use their common sense when applying for any job or internships, particularly if it is a domestic role and employment in a private home, or other opportunities not affiliated with a public or private sector organization.

While Career Services makes every reasonable effort to ensure that employers engaged in campus hiring practices (either online or in person) adhere to certain ethical standards (NACE Principles for Professional Practice), be aware that some organizations may participate in illegal recruiting and business practices. 

We encourage you to research companies using the resource links listed below by Career Services.  Please contact Career Services at 315.312.2255 or by email at with questions or if you determine any company listing jobs or internships has misrepresented opportunities.

Further Information on Fraudulent Employers

BBB Advice: Look for Red Flags when Searching for Jobs Online

  1. An employer asks for extensive personal information such as social security or bank account numbers
  2. An employer asks for money upfront
  3. The job requires the employee to wire money through Western Union/MoneyGram or asks the employee to cash/deposit checks sent to them.
  4. An employer's e-mails are full of grammatical and spelling errors
  5. An employer offers the opportunity to become rich without leaving home
  6. The salary and benefits offered seem "too-good-to-be-true"
  7. E-mails claiming to be from job posting websites claiming there’s a problem with a job hunter’s account

Federal Trade Commission: Job-Hunting/Job Scams 
BBB Scam Tips 
BBB Consumer Education
BBB:  Scam Alert - Beware of Job Offer with an Online Interview 
ConsumerAffairs:  Work-at-home scam targets college students 
10 Signs a Job is a Scam 
Common Job Scams and How to Avoid Them
Overview of how to avoid online scams

NACElink Privacy Policy | Code of Ethics

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