Central Washington University Police Department was made aware of a check scam occurring at Universities across the nation. This particular scam involves the suspect listing a job opportunity locally. After applying for the job students are sent an email from the “employer” who claims to be out of the country but will be sending the student a check advance for work such as running errands for the employer until the employer returns home.
A few days later the student gets a package which contains a check. Instructions are given for the student to cash the check, keep a specific amount of money for the work they are to perform and return the remainder of the money to an address outside the United States.
Legitimate employers typically do not pay in advance or require you to return money from a check written to you. If you apply for off-campus employment and are told to send any money before your employment can be finalized, it is a scam.
Please contact the Police if you feel you have been victimized or the target of a scam.