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How To: Avoid Fraudulent Job Postings on the Career Center Site

Posted By Alex Bigman On Jun 24, 2009 @ 4:51 pm In The Specials | Comments Disabled


As if finding a job weren’t difficult enough [1]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 [2] 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 [3]; 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 [4].

Image Source: The Doctr [5] under Creative Commons
Career Center [Website [2]]

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URLs in this post:

[1] difficult enough : http://clog.dailycal.org/2009/04/15/besides-wwoofing-career-center-supports-stressed-seniors/

[2] Career Center: https://career.berkeley.edu/

[3] their job board: https://career.berkeley.edu/Callisto/Callisto.stm

[4] Greenpeace: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/

[5] The Doctr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkmabus/

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