Online Safety Tips

Your best bet for a safe online job search is to research the company to ensure that your potential employers are valid and liable.

If a position or job offer seems to be too good to be true, you feel uncomfortable with some of the information requested, or something doesn't feel right -- either discontinue your pursuit or proceed with extreme caution. Even if the original position description seems valid, you should proceed cautiously if you receive follow-up e-mails, phone calls, or job offers that seem unusual.

Be cautious if:

  • The position requires upfront fees, or asks for your bank/credit card information or PayPal account number.
  • You are are asked to send a photocopy of your identification documents (e.g. driver's license, social security card, etc.).

If you encounter suspicious postings on SlugQuest, please report your experience to the UCSC Career Center at career-center@ucsc.edu or call (831) 459-5705, the UCSC Police Department, and the Internet Crime Complaint Center.