If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Scam artists often use the start of a new semester to target WVU students with unsolicited emails offering ways to make money quickly. Students should be wary of any emails promising opportunities to work from home, to provide nanny or tutoring services, or to buy “enhanced” wireless Internet service.
Legitimate job offers are posted on MountaineerTrak. Recognized WVU recruiters DO NOT ask students to contact them via Skype or Google Hangouts without first ensuring that you have contacted the WVU Career Services Center.Beware of offers that:
- Invite you to cash a check, keep part of the proceeds and then transfer money or send a check from your own accounts.
- Send you a product or commodity such as watches or phones and ask you to distribute these items to others.
- Encourage you to cash a check in advance for work not yet completed.
- Try to sell you “enhanced” wireless Internet service at WVU.
Participating in any of these scams could have financial, legal or academic repercussions.
See a list of the most common scams that come to WVU faculty, staff, and students.LEARN MORE ABOUT COMMON WVU SCAMS
Learn how to spot job scams and what you should do if you receive one. Never respond to unsolicited emails, Google Hangout requests, texts, or phone calls offering employment opportunities such as work-from-home or arrangements involving financial transactions.LEARN MORE ABOUT JOB SCAMS
Never provide personal or financial information to a caller that appears to be from
legitimate police, FBI, or IRS phone numbers.