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Scam involving the promise of an internship targets OSU students

Monday, January 25, 2021

 The Oklahoma State University Police Department is investigating reports of a scam involving the promise of an internship. Students report receiving an email that appears to come from an OSU email address or one very similar. The email provides details for an internship, the hours required and amount of pay. The email requests a reply with personal information including a non-OSU email, cellphone and address.


Once the student sends the information, the scammers tell the student they have been hired. The scammer then emails a check or checks to the student and has them deposit the check into their account. The scammer instructs the student to keep a portion of the money for their time and first paycheck and to send the remainder via a money app or another means to a third party who will be involved with their “internship.” The checks emailed to the student bounce, and the student loses the money they sent from their account to the third party.


Things to remember:

  • Anyone hired as a student employee would be required to fill out new hire paperwork with Human Resources before they can be paid.
  • OSU does not email checks.
  • OSU and its employees would not ask a student to send money to a different individual.
  • Beware of anyone who asks for your personal information.
  • If you receive an offer that seems too good to be true or raises questions, call the university or OSUPD to ask.

Helpful links about job scams:

OSU Career Services

Federal Trade Commission


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