As if finding a job weren’t difficult enough as it is (as we write this from our cardboard platform in People’s Park), hard times have wedged yet another wrench into the employment process. Easy-profit endeavors like selling drugs or scheming may seem like good alternatives these days. On a related note, the UC Berkeley Career Center wants to remind you that scheming is a two-way street, and you don’t want to be on the schemed side. Watch out for fraudulent job postings on their job board; here are a few things to look out for:

As stated in an e-mail sent last Friday, the career center’s online job board, Callisto, is unscreened and vulnerable to fraudulent postings, whose aim is to steal your personal information and money. Heads up, a job is probably a scam if:

- it asks for your credit card number, bank account number, or any other digits used to access your money that a prospective employer couldn’t possibly have any legitimate need for.

- it asks for monetary payment outright, via courier or wire service. As a general rule, you don’t pay them. Ideally, the opposite will eventually occur.

- it offers a large payment in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account, often for depositing checks or transferring money. Come on, that’s just plain sketch.

- You receive an unexpectedly large check.

Prudently observe these words of caution and hopefully you won’t wind up selling knives for a pyramid scheme, or worse, canvassing for Greenpeace.

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