Pay to work.
That’s what some fliers around campus have asked students to do in their ads to make money from their organization. “Extra cash, easy work, no experience required, $12/hour potential” advertises a job flier that is found posted all around campus.
The flier is for the online survey website, www.easystudentwork.com. The job description provided by the website requires prospective employees to pay a one-time fee of $19.95 before they can start filling out surveys for a paycheck.
According to a Better Business Bureau video alert on their website, “An up-front fee to make money is a red flag of work at home schemes.”
“We do not recommend students apply for this job because it is a risk and we don’t promote opportunities that charge students to work,” said Laurie Black, office coordinator for Career and Re-Entry Services, the department that decides which job advertisements can be posted on campus.
Black believes solicitors are posting these fliers on campus without the department’s knowledge or permission.
Trinity Blackwell, office coordinator for Student Life and Leadership, said student officers have been removing the fliers from campus bulletin boards and vending machines up to two times a week.
“If you see promises of big money for answering surveys online, but must pay, don’t fall for it,” warned the Better Business Bureau.
The primary demographic that these job fliers have targeted are unemployed and desperate students looking for work and attempt to make their offers more appealing by posting tempting benefits and high pay for a small price.
Problem is, after these job offers collect their fee, they are never heard from again.
“People should just avoid these offers and find more legitimate work,” Blackwell said.
Students seeking assistance in career planning and employment are encouraged to visit the Career and Re-Entry Services office on campus in building 36, located east of the Kirk Student Center.