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The University Of Louisiana Lafayette Police Department has received multiple reports of email check scams primarily targeting students. These scammers target victims by posting job openings on university career sites,, craigslist, and random emails sent to students thru Zimbra. The scam offers student jobs at too good to be true salaries.

If someone is offers you a job via email, is willing to pay in advance, but asks that you send a portion of the money back, it's a scam. If you’re sent random checks in the mail from a job you never applied for and they are asking you to deposit and send them a portion back, it’s a scam.

The scammer starts off by asking for your personal information to include address. Then they catch your attention by sending you a check in advance. The scam is to get you to deposit the check in your account and send a portion back to a particular account or address.

If you deposit a fake check and send money to the scammer, you will not be refunded, as it is your responsibility and you are liable.

If you have questions about a potential scam or think you are a victim of fraud, please contact University Of Louisiana Lafayette Police Department at 337-482-6447.

Very Respectfully,

Darren Zachary
University of Louisiana Lafayette Police Department