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Fraud: tutoring

Why this looks valid

  • Unsolicited job offers directed at college students are common, especially for tutoring services

Why this is fraud

  • Awkward grammar and sentence construction are often indicators of malicious emails
  • Responding to this email leads to the collection of personal information
  • Additional interaction with the sender leads to a check fraud scam

Additional notes

  • As the spring semester comes to a close, the frequency of fraudulent employment offers will increase.   Cyber criminals know our academic schedule and take advantage of the fact that students are looking for summer employment
  • Are you a Marist student looking for a job? Contact the right experts who can help you at the Center for Career Services:
  • Fraudulent job offers are extremely common. For more information, see 
  • The FTC has additional information about how these scams work.  The sender will mail a check and ask the recipient to send back the difference in the service cost through a wire transfer.  The check will be fraudulent, but by the time your bank figures it out you will be out a few hundred (or thousand!) dollars and it is likely those funds will never be recovered:
  • A little paranoia goes a long way! Be suspicious of any email messages similar to this one.