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Job Posting Disclaimer and Safety Tips

The University Career Center & The President’s Promise hosts Careers4Terps, the online job and internship database for employers to offer job and internship opportunities to University of Maryland students and alumni.

The Career Center makes no representations or guarantees about positions posted within the system. We conduct a minimum level of due diligence on the employers and positions, however, we are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment.  Students are urged to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting private, off-campus employment.

All hiring and compensation for work performed by student employees is handled directly between the student and the employer. The University Career Center & The President's Promise does not perform background checks on students applying for jobs, nor on employers posting job opportunities.  Employers and students are encouraged to request reference information from each other as needed to establish qualifications, credentials, and overall fit between the employer and the student applicant.

In your job search, both on Careers4Terps and on job sites not sponsored by us, do not disclose social security numbers, credit card numbers, or bank account numbers to unknown employers and never spend any of your own money to obtain a position unless you are certain it is for a legitimate reason.  If you need guidance, contact the University Career Center for advice.

Payment-forwarding scams contain certain "red-flags" that should alert you to fraudulent job ads. Here are the known red flags:

  • A contact e-mail address that is not a primary domain of the organization. For example, an employer calling itself "Omega Inc." with a Yahoo! e-mail address.
  • Misspellings and grammatical mistakes in the position description.
  • Request for bank account numbers or to have funds or paychecks deposited into a bank account prior to the start of employment.
  • Request for Social Security number (SSN) unless you are certain it is for a legitimate reason.
  • Request to "scan the ID" of a job seeker, for example, a drivers' license. Scam artists will say they need to scan job seekers' IDs to "verify identity." This is not a legitimate request.
  • Monster.com lists descriptive words in job postings that are tip-offs to fraud. The list includes "package- forwarding," "money transfers," "wiring funds," "eBay," and "PayPal."

If an employer asks you for any of this information, or if you suspect an employer of running a scam, contact the University Career Center at ucc-studenthelp@umd.edu immediately and provide the employer name and job title of the posting in Careers4Terps.