The West Virginia University Police Department is warning students about a scam that uses the employment banks at colleges and universities to attract victims. At least two different front companies with legitimate-sounding names have pretended to employ students when they are in fact attempting to launder money.
In one case, the scammer posted a fake job opportunity as an office assistant on a University web-based career board.
Victims who apply for the jobs are eventually sent a cashier’s check for varying amounts and instructed to purchase “Green Dot Money Pak Cards” or something similar and email the PIN numbers to a supervisor. The scammers assure victims they can keep any leftover funds, but the checks are fraudulent.
If an email offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you receive a suspicious-sounding email, please forward it toDefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu and Information Technology Services will review it.
If you have any information about this scam, please contact the University Police Department at 304-293-COPS.