Be careful out there! Learn how to recognize fraudulent jobs.

Handshake (UCSB’s official site for jobs, internships, and on-campus interviews) and other online job systems have made it easier for you as job seekers to find positions posted by employers seeking candidates. Unfortunately, the same technology makes it easier for scammers to create fraudulent positions to take advantage of you. Career Services wants to re-emphasize the importance of taking caution when searching for jobs and internships on the internet.

While Career Services does not knowingly accept fraudulent postings, false jobs may appear from time to time. Even though we monitor employer accounts and job/internship postings, it is still your responsibility, as a job seeker, to exercise common sense and caution when applying to positions, whether on Handshake or any other job search website.

The staff at Career Services has created a webpage to help Gauchos navigate the current job search environment. On this page, you can learn how to identify potential job scams, effectively research companies to verify their authenticity, and identify red flag markers to help you avoid falling victim to these scams. However, it is your responsibility to be aware of the dangers of online job searching, to review the Safety Tips for Online Job Search webpage, and to carefully examine potential employers before applying.

Here are some red flag indicators that a position you’ve applied for may be fraudulent:

  • You are hired without ever interviewing or meeting your potential employer.
  • All of your correspondence with the potential employer is via text and email.
  • There are multiple misspellings in the job description and in your correspondence with the employer.
  • At the time of hire, the employer tells you they are traveling internationally and needs you to be their assistant or run errands for them.
  • You are asked to give credit card, bank or PayPal account numbers.
  • You are asked to send a payment by wire service or courier.
  • You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account – often for depositing checks or transferring money.
  • You receive an unexpectedly large check.
  • You are promised a large salary for very little work or the salary is way out of range for an entry level position, part-time job, or internship.
  • You are asked for personal information such as your Social Security Number before being considered for the position.
  • You are requested to send a photo copy of your ID, i.e., driver’s license to “verify identity”.
  • You are asked to complete a background check before you can be considered for a position.
  • The posting appears to come from a legitimate company or organization, but the contact’s e-mail address doesn’t match the company’s website domain (i.e., rather than
  • The job posting doesn’t mention the specific responsibilities of the job; rather it focuses on the amount of money you will make.

If you suspect a potentially fraudulent employers or job postings while job searching, please report your concerns immediately to UCSB Career Services in person at our front desk, by phone at (805) 893-4412 or by email to

Thank you and safe searching,

Ignacio Gallardo
Director, Career Services