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Students: Beware of job offer emails asking to use Google Hangouts

Students should not respond to a new email job scam inviting you to download or use a Google Hangout or Skype application. This is an attempt to steal your personal credentials, which would make you vulnerable to fraud or identity theft.

If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you never applied with the company that emailed you, be careful! Never provide personal information of any kind, including bank account or credit card numbers, Social Security Numbers, Login credentials, or usernames and passwords to anyone seeking that information by email or chat. Consider it a scam until ITS reviews the email.

Please forward suspicious-looking emails like this to DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu. For instructions on how to send email as an attachment please go to http://it.wvu.edu/security/defend-your-data/forward-as-an-attachment.

Career Services and the Mountaineer Trak website are your official WVU resources for jobs and internships. Their email is careerservices@mail.wvu.edu.

Colleges and departments at WVU also hire student workers, but if you receive an email to apply, we recommend that you follow up with a phone call to the department to ensure the job is legitimate.

For more tips on protecting yourself, visit DefendYourData.wvu.edu.