Watch for identity theft in the job search!

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft in Your Job and Internship Search!

Protect yourself by taking the following precautions:

  • Don't share your social security number or passport information as a condition to apply for a job or be offered an interview. Legitimate employers typically will not ask for your social security information until after a job offer has been made. One notable exception to this is employment with the United States government.
  • Don't share bank account information as a condition to apply for a job or be offered an interview. After you have accepted an employment offer, you may be asked for bank account information or a cancelled check to set-up direct deposit, but use caution in these situations. See the note below about researching the employer.
  • Use caution when posting your personal information on commercial job search sites. Consider leaving your mailing address information off of your accounts on commercial websites and perhaps only listing your phone number and email address on resumes posted on these sites.
  • Research employers to verify their legitimacy. When in doubt, verify an employer's legitimacy by getting a mailing address and using independent resources (Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau or online resources like Career Insider or Reference USA). Also check websites that post information about scams or do a simple Google search for the company name and the word "problem", "scam", "ripoff", etc.
  • Remember that legitimate job offers typically do not involve sending money to an employer as a condition of employment or receiving money prior to working for an employer.

Most importantly, trust your instincts and use common sense! If an employer seems too eager or responds almost immediately to your application or inquiry, this may be a sign of a scam. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!


The Career Services staff at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) maintains this website as a service to our students and alumni.

The presence of internship and job postings on this website does not indicate an endorsement from UWL or the Career Services department. Career Services makes no representation or guarantees about positions listed on its website and is not responsible for safety, security, wages, working conditions or other aspects of off-campus internships or employment. Students, alumni and other visitors to this site are responsible for checking the credentials and integrity of employers and are responsible for taking all necessary precautions when interviewing for, or accepting these positions.

This website contains links that are not under the control of UWL nor Career Services; therefore we assume no responsibility for the contents of any linked site. The Career Services department provides these links only as a convenience. UWL and Career Services assume no liability for acts or omissions by third parties or for material supplied by them. Students, alumni and other visitors to our website are solely responsible for the usage of the supplied links.