On January 18th, 2017 the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a public service announcement concerning a current scam that is targeting students in college. According to the FBI, college students in the US are being targeted in a common employment scam.
The employment scam targeting college students works as follows:
- An online job advertisement is posted by a scammer directed to a college student.
- The future student employee receives a counterfeit check in the mail or via e-mail. He or she is then instructed to deposit the check into their personal savings account.
- The scammer then has the student withdraw funds from their checking account and is asked to send a portion, via wire transfer, to another individual. The reason given for the transfer is for equipment, materials, or software necessary for the future job.
- The check sent to the student is then confirmed later to be fraudulent by the bank.
If you click here, the FBI has listed several examples of the specific e-mails being sent to college students. The FBI also listed that there could be serious consequences for any student who becomes involved in this scam. Some possible problems could involve their current bank account, reimbursement of the amount of the check or possible identity theft.
It is important to share this link and make sure we protect anyone who might be targeted for this scam. The FBI reported that if you have been a victim of this scam you can file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov . Students can also notify their college through the campus police.