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 "virginia.edu"
- 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: https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/job-scams
You can help your fellow UVA students and use at Information Security by forwarding the suspected email to email@example.com so we can block the scammers.