UMass Lowell and Handshake make reasonable efforts in reviewing job postings and employers for potentially fraudulent job postings or inappropriate recruiting practices. Students and alumni are responsible for researching any opportunity that interests them by reading information about the organization, visiting the organization's website, searching for the organization on the internet, or asking questions during the interview.
What are fraudulent posting red flags? Here are some fraud warning signs:
If you come across any suspicious employer job postings, cease any communication with that employer and alert UMass Lowell's Career & Co-op Center by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-934-2355.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests the following instructions:
You should immediately contact the local police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state). If you are a current student, you may file a report with the UMass Lowell’s University Police by calling them at 978-934-2398.
If it is a situation where the student has sent money to a fraud employer, the student should contact their bank or credit card organization immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.
If the incident occurred completely over the Internet, the student should file an incident report with the Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), or by calling the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).