Fraudulent Job and Internship Listings

A fraudulent work-from-home internship claiming to come from UNICEF, a humanitarian aid organization, has been circulating job boards and emails.

See UNICEF’s statement:

This scam may contain the following, or similar, text:

We recently received a notification from UNICEF regarding an ongoing internship program available to students and staff of colleges/Schools in the USA. It’s a work from home internship program and pay is $350 weekly. You can get more details and apply below:

Don’t click any links contained in this message, or any others you think may be fraudulent.

Unfortunately, not every job posting is legitimate, even on trusted sites. Some internship and job offers are instead a method to gain personal information for use in identity theft and/or steal money from you. It is vitally important that you know how to distinguish legitimate internship and job postings from scams.

  • NEVER send or accept money as part of the application process.
  • If the money sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Do not click links to suspicious emails.
  • If you didn’t apply to a job, but you received an email for an interview or job offer, be careful!

If you suspect that you have been a victim of an employment scam, especially via Handshake or your Mason email address, please notify Career Services at 703-993-2140 and/or email