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Scam jobs

Phishing scam signUnfortunately, there are people or agencies who will take advantage of students who are looking for part time jobs - for example asking for money up front or your bank or financial information when you apply.

These are not always illegal, but often they exploit loopholes or grey areas in the law, or rely on the applicant not reading and understanding what they are getting into.

These are often called 'scams', or in some cases 'phishing', if they are attempts to obtain your financial/personal data for fraudulent purposes.

Please let Solent Futures staff know if you are concerned about a company or agency you are applying to, especially if they are advertising with us on Solent Graduate Jobs. Email employers@solent.ac.uk or stop in and see us in the Solent Futures Centre (RM001). 

Safer Jobs is a website that lists recruiting scams and allows you to report potential frauds.

Tips for avoiding scam jobs

  1. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  2. If a company asks you to ring a premium rate number as the only way to apply, be very wary.
  3. Be suspicious if directed to different numbers, websites or a different company name than the one in the advert you responded to. This may be done to hide a bad reputation or a scam.
  4. Avoid schemes where you make money by signing up new members to sell for you.
  5. Make sure you ask questions about the job if you are unsure.
  6. Do not be pressurised to sign up to anything you do not fully understand.
  7. Do not part with any money unless you understand exactly what you are getting.
  8. When you first apply do not provide bank or financial information, passport or similar identification. These might be required later, but only if you get the job.

If in doubt...

  • Do not apply for the job.
  • Do not agree to sign anything.
  • Do not pay for any services on offer.
  • Do not return any contact with the organisation.
  • Get a second opinion - drop in to see us in RM001. 

Personal safety

Most job interviews will take place in established company premises, for example offices, retail shops or restaurants. If you are asked to attend an interview in a private home or to meet someone in a coffee shop, for example, be extra vigilant.

Here are guidelines to use when going for any interview:

  • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Keep a record of who you are going to meet and their contact details.
  • Never offer or accept a lift with the interviewer if you will be the only person in the car.
  • If in doubt, ask a friend or relative to accompany you to the location or don't attend.

Adapted from information provided by the University of Manchester Careers Service and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

Page last updated on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at 4.17pm.

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