Career Coaching

Avoiding Fraudulent Opportunities

The Center for Life’s Work posts jobs and internships that are shared with our office using our Handshake website. We make reasonable efforts to assure these opportunities are legitimate (see description below of the steps we take to ascertain if an employing organization is bona fide) but it is the responsibility of students and alumni 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. To assist with this, we suggest students consult the website below. Use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.

Tips to Consider

1.) Carefully examine the job posting.
2.) Don't give out personal information.
3.) Sounds too good to be true.

If You Discover You Have Been Scammed

  • If you have encountered a fraudulent posting, company or organization, please contact the Center or Life's Work at 585-389-2878 or so the posting can be investigated and appropriate action can be taken.
  • Contact the local police if you have shared banking information and/or  social security number. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state).
  • If you have sent money to a fraudulent employer, contact your bank and/or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.
  • If the incident occurred completely over the internet, file an incident report with The United States Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

Disclosure Statement

Nazareth College Center for Life's Work does not make any representations or warranties about the employers that utilize their Handshake site or the accuracy of the information provided by those employers. The Center for Life's Work shall not be responsible for any damage or loss of any kind arising out of or related to your use of the site and/or the information contained therein. While there is nominal screening of postings, it is the responsibility of each user to do his or her due diligence before interviewing with or accepting an offer from any company posting a job or internship listing on this site. If you have questions or need guidance or advice on how to conduct effective research on organizations or opportunities, please contact the Center for Life's Work at 585-389-2878.