Cybersecurity Month: Security Hints & Tips

Beware of Suspicious Job Offers: How to Identify and Avoid Scams

In today’s digital age, cybercriminals are devising sophisticated strategies to dupe individuals, particularly students, with enticing job offers. These offers, often delivered via email or text, may promise lucrative returns for minimal work. However, the real intent is to gain unauthorized access to personal details, leading to account hacking and financial theft.

Understanding Job Scams: Tactics Used by Cybercriminals 

Students are often approached with tempting internships or job offers. The allure is intentional – cybercriminals want potential victims to act impulsively, preventing them from fully analyzing the situation.

While the SVA Information Security Services team is continuously enhancing its defenses against such cyber threats, some of these deceptive emails can evade filters. Thus, everyone must stay alert and informed about the signs of a job scam. One deceptive tactic employed is using an “” email address, achieved through email spoofing or by compromising an actual SVA account.

Key Indicators of a Potential Job Scam Targeting the SVA Community:  

1. Originating from an Email Address:  Just because an email seems to originate from an official SVA address doesn’t guarantee its legitimacy. Scammers have been known to forge or compromise these addresses to gain trust.

2. Unrealistically High Compensation for Minimal Work: A classic bait tactic. Watch out for offers that sound too lucrative, like “Earn $500 for just 1 hour of work thrice a week!”

3. Payment Via Check, With Overpayment: Scammers often send checks with an amount higher than the agreed compensation. They’ll then ask for the excess to be sent elsewhere. Although the check can initially seem valid, banks eventually flag them as fraudulent, leaving the victim both out of pocket and potentially facing bank penalties.

4. Emails Filled with Errors: Typos, awkward phrasing, and grammatical mistakes can often signal a scam. Such errors, though not always present, are a common trait in deceptive communications.

5. Request for Non-SVA Contact Details: By asking for a personal email or phone number, scammers aim to take the conversation away from monitored platforms, minimizing their risk of detection.

6. Alternate Email Address for Communication: Even if the initial email comes from an “” address, be wary if you’re asked to continue correspondence on a different email.

Received a Suspicious Email or Text? Act Smart! 

Should you come across an email or text that raises suspicion:

– Thoroughly inspect it for the red flags mentioned above.

– Refrain from replying, clicking links, or downloading attachments.

– Forward the questionable email to promptly. Your proactive approach can play a crucial role in safeguarding the SVA community from future scams.

Your awareness and vigilance are essential first lines of defense in the ongoing battle against cyber threats. Stay informed and stay safe!