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How to Spot a Scam

Be Aware of Scams via Email

Congratulations! You were just hired via email from someone you’ve never heard of, offering you an unseemly amount of money for very vaguely outlined work. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Unfortunately, there are individuals out there looking to steal your personal information and potentially drain your bank accounts.

Some things to look out for:

  1. WSU does not give away your information, nor is any contact information available on your Handshake profile.
  2. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  3. The email has not good grammurr or obvious spelling mitsakes.
  4. They insist on depositing paychecks via a mobile device.
  5. The job requirements are usually vague.


The following phishing scam that masquerades as being from IKEA was prevalent at campus during summer 2019.

Here is an example of a scam being sent directly to students’ WSU email.


Call the student employment coordinator at 509-335-6634