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Fake - UCLA Postings: Freelance Opportunity with $500 Weekly Pay

UCLA Information Security Office is aware of UCLA students being targeted by fake job and internship scams. Please be mindful of phishing emails that may be disguised as a job opportunity.

Example Email:


Join Direct Relief's Emergency Engagement Team! We're expanding our mission nationwide and seeking dedicated individuals to join us.

Our part-time freelance opportunity allows you to provide relief and support to those in need within your local community. With a weekly pay of $500, commitment involves 2-3 hours, three times a week.

To apply or learn more, send your resume, full name, and address to Mr. Ryan Strauss at ryan.strauss@teams-directrelief[.]org. Use your personal email for inquiries. Note: Submit your resume from your most frequently used email and monitor both your inbox and spam folder for responses.



Stay safe!

When in doubt, look for these signs, and use your best judgement. Verify the offer by contacting the company directly. Look them up online. Don’t use the number or email address from the email. Look for a contact in department website, call them and ask if this is a legitimate job offer.  

If you are interested in finding a student job at UCLA, consider searching for positions on UCLA Career Center powered by Handshake (link is external), or contacting a potential supervisor directly using their official UCLA email address and not from unsolicited sources.

What to Do if You Paid a Scammer 

No matter how you paid — debit or credit card, bank or wire transfer, gift card, or cash reload card — immediately contact the company you used to send the money, report the fraud, and ask to have the transaction reversed, if possible. For specific advice and tips on how to reverse different types of payments, read What to Do If You Were Scammed (link is external).

Report Job Scams 

If you lost money to a job scam, report it to UCLA Police Department (link is external) and the FTC at (link is external)