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Part time job email scam

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 16:00

Emails offering part-time work are always scam emails designed to extort money from you.

How can you tell? 

  • The reply-to address shown, and if one is given in the email, never end with "
  • Usually, they offer you a job, then send you a "certified check" or electronic payment.
  • Then they ask you to "send" some of the money back.
  • You quickly find the original payment check bounces or is otherwise no good, and you are out the money you sent.
  • If you receive ANY unsolicited email offering a part-time job, personal assistant position, TA slot or any other employment, DO NOT RESPOND.
  • If you want to follow-up, then use the safe email practice you already know: contact the person or department using information not in the email.
    • Visit the department or professor in person.
    • Use the UVA directory to look up the person and call or email them.

Further reading on job scams at the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Advice:

You can help your fellow UVA students and use at Information Security by forwarding the suspected email to [email protected] so we can block the scammers.

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