Published: Aug. 24, 2023

The University of Colorado Boulder is often the target of attempts to gain personal information through malicious emails, also known as phishing. Recently, ISSS has noticed an increasing number of employment-related phishing emails being sent to our international students. Additionally, these emails appear to be sent from email addresses which makes them particularly difficult to identify as fraudulent.

ISSS recognizes that employment opportunities may be enticing.However, we want to encourage you to be wary of any employment opportunities presented in suspicious emails.

If you receive a suspicious email, do not reply, click any links, or open any attachments. Instead, please report the message you suspect to be an email scam or phishing attack to the Office of Information Technology (OIT) by sending that message as an attachment to For instructions on sending the suspicious email as an attachment, please refer to OIT’s website.

Additionally, some of the recently received emails have mentioned remote work opportunities. We want to remind you that as student in F-1 or J-1 student status, you are not permitted to work remotely from home for a position that is typically considered to be “off-campus.” However, if you have an on-campus job, remote work is permitted if the individual department allows it.

If you have any questions about potential phishing emails or employment authorization, please reach out to

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