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Fictitious Work-from-Home Scam Targets University Students

College students across the United States have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. Although our office does not post work-from-home positions on Symplicity, some fraudulent companies  post positions under the guise of a reputable company. If you ever have a question about the authenticity of a job or internship posting, please contact the Office of Career Development and Internships at 718-997-4465.

Core essentials to avoiding a job posting scam:

1. Do not give your personal bank account, PayPal account, or credit card numbers to a new employer.

2. Do not agree to have funds or paychecks direct-deposited into any of your accounts by a new employer - you should know the individual or company first. (Most employers offer employees the option of receiving direct deposit or a paycheck, and make these arrangements on site during the first day or week of actual employment, not before.)

3. Do not forward, transfer, send by courier (such as FedEX or UPS), or wire any money to any employer, for any employer, using your personal accounts(s).

4. Do not transfer money and retain a portion for payment.

5. Do not respond to suspicious and/or "too good to be true" unsolicited job emails.

6. In general, applicants do not pay a fee to obtain a job. There are rare exceptions - so be careful, and consult with a professional in the Office of Career Development and Internships first.


Click HERE to read a special public service announcement from the FBI with tips on how to protect yourself from job posting scams.


A general trend has been noted by the Internet Crime Complaint Center regarding work-at-home schemes on websites. In several instances, the subjects, usually foreign, post work-at-home job offers on popular Internet employment sites, soliciting assistance from United States citizens. The subjects allegedly are posting Internet auctions, but cannot receive the proceeds from these auctions directly because his/her location outside the United States makes receiving these funds difficult. The seller asks the United States citizen to act as a third party receiver of funds from victims who have purchased products from the subject via the Internet. The United States citizen, receiving the funds from the victims, then wires the money to the subject.​

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