Students advised to be wary of job offer scam

Oakland University students are advised to be wary of a prevalent employment scam that offers phony job opportunities on college employment websites or by way of direct email solicitations.

In short, the scam promotes administrative or other positions that require students to purchase necessary equipment, materials or software using a check they receive from the purported employer. The checks being sent, however, are fraudulent.

Victims of the scam can suffer financial loss, may have their bank account closed, could see their credit record negatively impacted and may be left more vulnerable to identity theft.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a FBI PSA – 17-1-18  with greater detail on communications used in this scam, key indications that a job offer is fraudulent, and measures students can take to prevent themselves from being victimized.

Any student who has become a victim of such a scam is encouraged to file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at or notify the Oakland University Police Department.

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