Fraudulent Job and Internship Posting Warning & Disclaimer

The University of Delaware Career Services posts job listings for the convenience of students.  The University does not endorse or recommend employers and a posting does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. The University explicitly makes no representations or guarantees about job listings or the accuracy of the information provided by the employer.  The University is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment without limitation. It is the responsibility of students to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting private, off-campus employment and to thoroughly research the facts and reputation of each organization to which they are applying. Students should be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.

Red Flags: How to Identify a Potentially Fraudulent Job Posting

- Avoiding Fraudulent Job Postings

Visit the company web site. If the company in question doesn't have a web site or the web site doesn't seem to match the advertised job, there may be cause for concern. Note the professionalism of the web site. Is there specific contact information? Are jobs and career information actually posted on the site? Lack of pertinent information is a red flag.

- Find Company Profiles and News Articles

- Use Personal Contacts, Linked-in or other Networking Sites

Do you have any connections to help you find inside information? If you belong to a professional association, they may be able to put you in touch with people who can advise you. Search Linked-In by "People" and the Advanced Search Fields for "Company Name." Click the "Current Companies Only" checkbox to receive information on people currently listed as employed by this company.

- Use Google

Google is an excellent tool to research the company. Search by the name of the company to see what information you can find. You can also search by "<company name> scam" to see if this company has been reported as a scam.

- Check with Consumer Services

Two organizations to utilize are: the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission to see if any complaints have been lodged against the company.

- Investigate the Company's References

If you aren't sure a company is legitimate, request a list of other employees or contractors. Then contact the references to see how satisfied they are. If a company isn't willing to share references (names, email addresses and phone numbers), this is a red flag.

- Poor Communication Skills

Be careful when an employer cannot communicate accurately or effectively on the web site, by email, over the telephone, etc. If communications are sloppy, how professional is the organization?

- Exercise Caution When Asked to Pay Any Fees

Most legitimate employers will not charge to hire you! Don't send money for work-at-home directories, advice on getting hired, company information or for anything else related to the job. There are some well-known internship programs that do require payment to place you in internships. Remember that Handshake and other data bases can provide UD students with free help in locating internships.

- Review Payment Information

When information about salary isn't listed on a job posting, try to find out if you will receive a salary or be paid on commission. Find out how much you're paid, how often you are paid and how you are paid. If the company doesn't pay an hourly rate or a salary, be cautious and investigate further.Caveat Emptor (Let the Buyer Beware)

Read all information carefully. If the opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Just because a job lead appears in a legitimate publication, it doesn't mean that the job or company is, necessarily, legitimate. Forget getting rich quick.

What to do if you Discover You've Been Scammed

If you have encountered a fraudulent posting, company or organization, please contact the Employer Relations Team at University of Delaware Career Services via phone (302-831-2391) or email so the posting can be investigated and appropriate action can be taken.

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 have sent money to a fraudulent employer, you should contact your bank and/or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.

If the incident occurred completely over the internet, you should file an incident report with The United States Department of Justice ( and the Federal Trade Commission (

To learn more about employment scams, your rights, and appropriate actions, please visit this helpful page from the Riley Guide:

All job listings are posted at the discretion of Career Services. We will not post jobs that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, disabled or Vietnam Era veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. Career Services also reserves the right to refuse to post jobs that do not support the interests of the University.