Work-Study Opportunity

Yet another job scam is circulating today. As always, impersonating a real UVic professor to make the job offer look legitimate.

Here are some of the red flags:

  • The email comes from a Gmail address. Emails about real UVic job offers should come from a UVic email address.
  • The salary offered is too good to be true, that too for a part-time job.
  • The email requests your Google Chat email. Scammers often request alternative contact information to evade UVic detection.
  • The sender name does not match the name of the professor supposedly offering the job.

Never reply to such scams, always look for warning signs before taking any action. If you did reply, please stop any further conversation and reach out to helpdesk for assistance.

Job scam with subject "Work-Study Opportunity" impersonating UVic professor.

Subject: Work-Study Opportunity
From: Vania Smith-Oka <****>

Notice: This message was sent from outside the University of Victoria email system. Please be cautious with links and sensitive information.

The service of a student/graduate student is urgently required to work part-time as a Research Assistant and get paid $400 weekly. Tasks will be carried out remotely, and work time is 8 hours/week.
If interested, submit a copy of your updated resume and functional google chat email address to the Department of Psychology via this email to proceed.

[impersonated professor name]
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Psychology
Office: COR ****