Alamo Colleges’ Students Alerted About Job Offer Scams

May 21, 2020

Alamo Colleges Police Department Scam Alert

Alamo Colleges District is warning students of a scam in which a person is contacting students through their email address regarding job offers.

The scammer claims to be offering students a job with a local company. Two scenarios have been reported, but additional approaches could be occurring. They are:

  • The student is contacted by email and offered a job along with a check to cover expenses. Student does receive a check, which is refused at the bank as fraudulent.
  • Student is emailed a job offer at a local company and a contact name was provided. The email states that the student is to submit a $2,500 money order to the company. Later, the student receives an offer of funds through a phone app to help pay for the money order.

The security and privacy of student information is a high priority at the Alamo Colleges District. Alamo Colleges District may occasionally contact students via email, text or phone call.

Alamo Colleges staff will never request that students pay a fee to receive funds or a job, and will never ask for a social security number from a student over the phone. The only instances in which a social security number would be requested, outside of an official document, is in person at one of the college campuses for financial aid, veterans benefits or admissions purposes.

These scams have been reported to the authorities and are currently being investigated.

If students receive an email or call and are unsure that it is a legitimate contact from the Alamo Colleges’ IT Helpdesk, do not respond. Close the email or hang up. If a student thinks they may have been the victim of a scam, call the ACD Police Department non-emergency line at 210-485-0099.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a consumer alert page with scam information on check scams and job offer scams.

Contact the IT Help Desk View the FTC Consumer Alert Page