Fraudulent Jobs

Protect yourself from fraudulent jobs

It is our goal to provide IU students with the best job and internship opportunities through Handshake, our online job portal. Despite our efforts to properly vet opportunities and ensure legitimacy, an occasional fraudulent job posting ends up on Handshake. Often, the purpose of scam postings is to steal your identity and/or money. It is vitally important that you know how to distinguish legitimate internship and job postings from scams. If ever in doubt, contact your career services office. Additionally, use the following information to best equip yourself while reviewing job and internship postings.

Additional ways to protect yourself

  • Search online for the name of any company you are applying to with the words “review”, “complaint”, or “scam”. Use Glassdoor to see what you can learn. If you can’t find much about the company, or it has many complaints, consider looking for other opportunities instead.
  • Do not include the following on your resume: Social Security Number; Driver’s License Number; Date of Birth

Tricky Methods of Fraudulent Employers

An example fraudulent job email

From: Real IT Consulting
Thursday, August 2, 2020 11:46 AM
Subject: ***Part Time Job Offer – REAL IT CONSULTING INC***

Dear Student,

We got your contact through your school directory and we’re delighted to extend this offer of employment for the position of “Online Supplier Data Assistant” with REAL IT CONSULTING currently running an empowerment program for hard working and computer oriented students. Please review this summary of terms and conditions for your anticipated employment with us.

Please find below the terms and conditions of your employment, should you accept this offer:

Position: Your Job title will be "Online Supplier Data Assistant". These are an online Part-time position.

Job Duties: You are required to provide a well detailed report and analysis of supplied materials invoice from our un-educated Production Suppliers in an MS Word/Excel Document which will be sent to your mail address. You just need a few hour of your time to do this weekly and you will also be fully orented by your Supervisor.

Payment Compensation: The Company will pay you a starting salary at the rate of $300 per week, payable in accordance with the Company’s standard Check.

You may indicate your agreement with these terms and accept this offer by getting back to us with your resume and the below information:

  • Full Name:
  • Physical Contact Address (Not P.O Box):
  • City:
  • State:
  • Zip Code:
  • D.O.B:
  • Gender:
  • Personal Email:
  • Mobile Number (must be able to receive text message):

You will receive an immediate response from your SUPERVISOR as soon as we hear back from you.


Larry Cole,

HR Manager/Controller

Indiana University South Bend

1700 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, IN 46615
Phone: 574-520-4872