Scam postings, fraudulent emails and phishing schemes

Unfortunately, times of vulnerability and uncertainty, like the times we find ourselves in now in the Covid-19 pandemic, are often the moments that we also see an increase in phishing scams, and fraudulent/scam emails about employment opportunities.  Take steps to protect yourself and better learn how to identify illegitimate, fraudulent, scam or phishing opportunities:

  • We’ve got a tips sheet to help you identify potentially fraudulent opportunities that we encourage you to review and familiarize yourselves with.
  • Just because an email arrives in your @uw.edu email inbox does not necessarily make it legitimate.
  • Does an email about a job seem too good to be true?  High pay for low hours, the opportunity to just “purchase gift cards” on someone’s behalf and make quick money? Things that feel too good to be true often are.
  • Not everyone claiming to have been vetted by the UW or the Career & Internship Center actually has. If someone ever references having been, you are welcome to email us directly and we can verify: econeill@uw.edu.
  • Check out the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer’s website for information on how to protect yourself online.

Questions? Did you receive an email about a job opportunity that you’re not sure about?  Reach out to us and we’re happy to help: econeill@uw.edu

By Emma O'Neill-Myers
Emma O'Neill-Myers Associate Director of Employer & Student Engagement Emma O