Web scammers home in on job-seeking college students

The phony job ads come as college graduate hiring by genuine companies appears healthier.

Sitting at her laptop hunting for a part-time job, University of California-Davis student Isra Sebiaa spotted an “office help” ad that sounded incredibly appealing.

Posted by an “international business consultant” in Davis, Calif., the would-be employer was frequently overseas and needed help running errands, paying bills, mailing packages, and doing shopping. The pay: $150 a week for 10 hours of work, plus mileage and expenses.

“It sounded perfect,” recalls Sebiaa, a senior majoring in political science. She immediately applied online, sending her resume, a crisp cover letter, and a request for a face-to-face interview.…Read More