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Avoiding Scams: Is it a Good or Bad Job Opportunity?

Not every internship or job opportunity you encounter on-campus or online is a good one. it is important to carefully evaluate each potential opportunity to avoid falling into a bad situation.

The Career Center never authorizes employers to go into classrooms, or directly approach students in public to recruit students for jobs. And while the campus has specific policies requiring on-campus solicitors to register with the Dean of Student Office; regrettably, solicitors may come on-campus from time-to-time without permission.

A List of Top Ten Tips for Students

It is very important for you to educate yourself about potential scams. Here are the top ten tips that will help you determine if the job opportunity is fraudulent:

  1. Positions that ask you to give credit card or bank account numbers, or copies of personal documents.
  2. Jobs that ask you to send payments by wire service or courier.
  3. Organizations that ask for fees or payments to join.
  4. Positions in which 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.
  5. Will not tell you upfront how you will be paid for your work.
  6. The promise of a large salary for very little work - especially those that state thousands of dollars of income per month with little or no experience required.
  7. Vague job descriptions.
  8. People that solicit you to apply for jobs in the classroom or around campus, saying that they have been authorized by the University or Career Center (the Career Center does not authorize individuals to come on-campus to recruit students except at authorized venues, such as, tables on the Titan Walkway or Career Fairs, or in our office).
  9. Job applications that only ask for your name, phone number, year of graduation, and major.
  10. Employer claiming a direct business relationship with CSUF or the Career Center.

While there are legitimate opportunities for individuals to work from home, be sure to research the position in advance before applying.

If you suspect a position is fraudulent, please contact:

Miguel Martinez Miguel Martinez
Employer Relations Specialist
Phone: (657) 278-7189 Email:

If you believe you are the victim of fraud resulting from a job listing, please contact the campus police as well.

Information is abundant on the web regarding tips to identify fraud. A general Google search is a good place to start. Below are two sites with more extensive information.