UL Lafayette Career Services offers Career Services Online as a resource for employers to connect with UL Lafayette students and alumni seeking co-ops, internships, part-time jobs, and full-time positions. We attempt to keep fraudulent postings off Career Services Online by using some common “red flags” that help to identify these types of listings. Red flags don’t automatically remove a job posting – we research the company and posting if suspicion arises, and then make a decision. Students and alumni should research suspicious companies or postings, too – or don’t apply. We are sharing these red flags below, so you, too, can attempt to identify such scam or fraudulent postings. UL Lafayette Career Services position: never apply to a suspicious job.
The following ideas are shared to help you conduct a safer job search and to help you protect your identity. These suggestions in no way cover all possible instances of fraud or exposure. Therefore, please always use your own discretion when applying to a position or interacting with a potential employer.
Fraudulent job postings try to take your money or your personal information. The jobs often look like easy and convenient ways to make money with very little effort. The old adage is accurate: If it looks too good to be true, then it probably isn’t true!
What to do if you discover you’ve been scammed:
If you have encountered a fraudulent job posting, please contact UL Lafayette Career Services at 337.482.1444 so we can remove the employer from the system. You should immediately contact the university police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state). If you have sent money to a fraudulent employer, you should contact your bank and/or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges. The list of red flags above and the comments and suggestions are not necessarily comprehensive and definitive; they are provided to assist you with your job search and to help you be aware of fraudulent and scam job postings.