Even if an email came from within UVic, you should still examine it to evaluate whether it’s actually legitimate before you click on any links or attachments. In this case, a job scammer used a compromised UVic account to send out the fraudulent job offer below.

The email includes the following indicators that the offer is not legitimate:

  • Errors in grammar and capitalization
  • A generic signature that does not mention UVic, or give a specific contact person at either UVic or UNICEF
  • Instructions to contact somebody else using your “alternative email address” (i.e.: your non-UVic email address) – the scammer does this to move the conversation away from UVic email to evade detection
  • The weekly salary offered is quite generous and probably too good to be true, especially if it’s for a small number of hours per week doing simple tasks

Other red flags that are signs of a job scam:

  • You are told to reply to an email address from a free email provider like Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail or Yahoo
  • No interview is required to get the job
  • You do not get to meet your employer/supervisor virtually or in person before getting the job

Do not open the attachment or send a reply. If you did, reach out to the Computer Help Desk for assistance.

Job scam email pretending to be a work-from-home part-time job opportunity with UNICEF

Subject: 09/04/2023

Attachment: [Word document] UNICEF – Work from Home Ca.docx

To whom it may concern,

I am sharing a Job Information to students who might be interested in a Paid UNICEF Part-Time Job to make up to $500 CAD Weekly

Attached is further information about the employment schedule, if interested kindly contact Dr Nicholas Hoffman with your alternative email address for urgent details of employment


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