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Recognize & Avoid Job Scams

Scammers know that finding a job can be tough. To trick people looking for honest work, scammers advertise where real employers and job placement firms post. Some job scams are easy to spot while others appear legitimate. So how do you know who to trust? You can start with these basic guidelines to avoid a potential scam.



Common Job Scams Targeting College Students:
Visit the Federal Trade Commission for more examples and signs of job scam.

Job scams at OSU

Sometimes scammers impersonate instructors, advisors, deans or other members of the OSU community to trick students and employees into giving up personal information. This can also take the form of a fake job offer.

As a rule, students are only hired for OSU student jobs through official channels like an email address, the OSU Career Services Hire System, or an application on Oklahoma State University Hiring Website.

Please remember that your OSU email address ( is publically available on the OSU website directory and may increase the amount of junk mail you receive, including job scams. Even if the sender says that they received your information from the career center, you should verify this with OSU Career Services, as this is a common way for them to attempt to gain your trust.

To protect yourself from job scams involving someone pretending to be an OSU community member, do not respond to any offers coming from an unofficial email address (that is, any email address that doesn't end in, or an unofficial communication channel like a text message, even if the sender claims to be someone you know from OSU.

If you are interested in finding a student job at OSU, consider searching for positions on the OSU Hire System, or contacting a potential supervisor directly using their email address.

Reporting Fraud and Scam

If you feel that you’ve been the victim of a scam, please contact the OSU Police Department at 405-744-6523.

If you have concerns about the legitimacy of a job or internship posting, please contact OSU Career Services at 405-744-5253 or

If you think a job listing on the OSU Hire System Job Database is suspicious, let us know! We will investigate and remove any fraudulent job postings immediately. We do our best to filter out all scam or spam job postings from fictitious employers; most are never made active in the OSU Hire System. Our goal is to provide accurate job listing information on our website. But remember, you are responsible for your own safety, wages and working conditions.

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