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Don't get Scammed

How scams work

Multiple scams have affected individuals in the CMU community. Many scams originate through unsolicited job offers via email or unauthorized postings on job sites for a personal assistant position or similar work. In most cases, the suspects send a check for their first salary payment for a higher amount than the agreed-upon wage. They are then provided instructions to send the balance of the check to another individual. Several days later the original check bounces and the individual is out of the money they sent.

Details in the emails

Be cautious when responding to emails, and read them thoroughly. One scam uses the email address of "" to impersonate a CMU official. Remember all CMU emails and official websites contain "". Do not provide personally identifiable information such as a Social Security number, driver's license number, date of birth, or other similar information to people you do not know. Legitimate employers will not ask for this information via email. Remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

If you think you've been compromised

If you are a victim of one of these scams and have sustained a financial loss or exposed your personally identifiable information, contact the CMU Police Department or the police department where you reside.

Change your passwords immediately and forward all emails to

Off-Campus Jobs are the responsibility of students

Student Employment Services at Central Michigan University posts off-campus job listings for the convenience of students.  The University does not endorse nor recommend employers and a posting does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation.  The University explicitly makes no representations or guarantees about job listings or the accuracy of the information provided by the employer.  The University is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment, without limitation.

It is the responsibility of students to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting private, off-campus employment and to thoroughly research the facts and reputation of each organization to which they are applying. Students should be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position. Students are encouraged to report to the University any concerns regarding a posting.