Please read this very important post.
Aurora University’s Career Services office reviews every employer and job posting that is listed on our College Central Network (CCN) site and/or is sent out via e-mail or posted on our social media accounts. However, Aurora University and other universities are finding that fraudulent employers are attempting to post fake job opportunities to sites such as our College Central Network (CCN) site. While we try to protect students/alumni from job scams, we cannot guarantee that all positions listed on these sites are legitimate. It is the responsibility of students and alumni to research the integrity of the organizations to which they are applying. We advise you to use caution and common sense to protect yourself against these types of scams when applying for any position with an organization or private party. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to stop into Career Services, call us at 630-844-5403, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Flags to Look For
• The employer asks for bank account numbers, PayPal account, or any personal financial information. You should never give out personal financial information, social security numbers, date of birth or driver’s license numbers when applying for a job.
• The employer asks for payments by wire, courier/mail, bank transfer, check or PayPal. They want access to your bank account – do not do this.
• There is an initial investment of your money, or a request for access to your bank account, or you receive a check before providing services. The employer requests assistance in helping to get their new location “up and running” as part of your job duties.
• The job description is vague and does not detail any of the responsibilities or duties.
• There is a request for a photo of yourself.
• The employer’s e-mail address contains @live, @gmail, @yahoo, @hotmail domains instead of a business e-mail address, or does not match the company website address.
• The job description contains several spelling and grammar errors.
• The position pays a high salary for minimal low-skilled or vague job duties.
• The position sounds too good to be true, or you get the job without applying or without an interview.
• The position says it will allow you to work from home. (Some of these types of jobs are legitimate, but should still raise a red flag to do more research into the company before applying.)
• The job description states that you will be able to (through their company) “run your own business,” “work at your leisure,” “manage your own employees,” or anything similar.
How to Verify a Posting or Employer
• Confirm that the posting includes an address, company name, actual contact, etc. If it does not, be cautious. Scammers may try to reduce their visibility to avoid being caught.
• Visit the website listed in the posting. Always check to see if all of the information matches what is listed in the posting, including location and contact information. Check to see if the person listed on the posting is listed on the website. Is there an index that tells you what the site is about? Is there other information included besides just information about the job?
• Google all of the information provided – their name, address, LinkedIn/social media accounts, e-mail address, and so on.
• Try to visit the website domain listed in the e-mail, as it should match their web address (e.g,, email@example.com – aurora.edu would be the website).
• Visit the Better Business Bureau website (www.bbb.org/council/consumer-education/).
What to Do if You are Scammed
• Stop any correspondence with the person and contact Career Services immediately. You can contact us at 630-844-5403 or firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in Eckhart 316.
• File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint or 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
• File a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov)
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You must register with CCN to use our services. Once registered, you may:
- Search for jobs posted exclusively to Aurora University; search the Jobs Central® national job board and the Intern Central® national internship board.
- Build a résumé with Résumé Builder, or upload a résumé file to Resume Central® so you can apply directly to jobs and/or allow it to be searched by employers (if you so authorize). Your résumé will be reviewed by our office and must be approved before it can be sent to employers or submitted online to posted jobs.
- Build an online portfolio in Career Portfolio Central® to support your résumé and demonstrate your best work to employers.
- Review your job search history. Report offers/hires.
- Receive emails about programs, services and job-related topics.
- Gain access to announcements, upcoming events, career advice documents, career advice videos, podcasts, and career articles from over 125 authors.
- Manage your on-campus interview schedules.