Campus Security is urging the Brock community to be alert after a potential scam promoting job opportunities in exchange for personal information was spotted on campus.
During the first two weeks of the fall term, several complaints and observations were shared with security about sign-up sheets being circulated at Brock soliciting students for summer jobs.
The sheets, which do not identify the employer, indicate participants will be well paid for their time, but provide no other details.
After investigating the incidents, Campus Security identified the people responsible and confirmed they are not Brock students. They were subsequently escorted off University property.
Similar incidents have recently been reported at other Ontario university campuses, with clipboards circulated in lecture halls and classrooms asking for personal information.
Campus Security, along with the Brock University Students’ Union, wants to remind students to be vigilant about who they provide their personal information to.
Scammers may attempt to take advantage of both new and returning students, some of whom are away from home for the first time and are looking to make new connections as they pursue their academic career.
Scams can come in many forms — some offer employment opportunities that promise the ability to make a lot of money fast, while others focus on rental properties or high-end clothing at discounted prices.
Soliciting on campus is not permitted without first being approved by visiting the Student Life Involvement Commons in MCA 204 or contacting Student Life through its Campus Promotions page.
Information regarding the procedure for promotions on campus is available online.
Anyone who witnesses suspicious soliciting or activity on campus should immediately report the incident to Campus Security at 905-688-5550 x3200 or email email@example.com.
Provide as much detail as possible regarding the description of those involved, the activity and direction of travel if they leave the area.
Contact information should also be provided if you are unable to stay and meet with responding officers.
Brock’s Career Education has created an informative document that outlines different types of fraudulent job postings and red flags students can watch out for.
Students who have questions or concerns regarding job postings and their legitimacy are encouraged to contact Career Education at firstname.lastname@example.org