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Sketchy flyers cause for investigation

Perry Continente, pcontinente@lmcexperience.com

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It’s a new semester at Los Medanos College, familiar sights and sounds abound. Students swarm the quad, geese let out their terse honks, and, almost as iconic as the geese and the hustle and crowded courtyard, the halls are flooded with stark black and white advertisements promising an attractive online job at www.studentworksite.com.

            Typing in the URL does not actually lead to studentworksite.com, but instead redirects to the equally mundane-sounding www.worklisting.org. The website itself is minimalistic to the point of being barren– a few lines of text and a thin blue bar are all that grace the page.

            Further inquiry into the site prompts an almost immediate link to a $12 paywall before the site can employ visitors.

            Joenil Mistal, adjunct professor of computer science who teaches a class on web design, was less than impressed with the website. When Mistal inspected the source code for the site, a warning popped up blocking any further inquiry.

            “They’re hiding something,” said Mistal, distressed by the pop-up’s interruption of his investigation. His suspicion deepened as the page proved to lack any contact information of any sort. “Usually there is a phone number you can call.”

          The website www.scamadviser.com is similarly wary of the website giving it a three percent safe rating and declaring it a “high risk” site. Other similar sites also advise against using the website.

            Mistal also scoffed at the site’s suspect craftsmanship, “I can create a [similar] website right now,” said Mistal. One simple copy and paste later and Mistal had created an identical page. “It’s pretty easy,” said Mistal after duplicating the page in under a minute.

            These fliers flood the halls at the beginning of every semester suddenly and disappear just as quickly, leaving only a few stragglers hanging on in classrooms or taped to concrete columns.

            Fugitive fliers continue to permeate the campus, much to the chagrin of Tereasea Archaga of Student Life. “This seems to be an ongoing issue,” said Archaga. “We have sixteen boards we are responsible for. If it doesn’t have our stamp, it comes down.”

“I grabbed it from one of the science classrooms,” said LMC student Azzam Shazhad. “It said you could work from home and I really need a job.”

            It is no secret that many college students struggle to find money for school, or that they do not possess a great wealth of time, so the prospect of an easy, work-from-home job is an enticing one.

            “We had our ambassadors take down everything at the beginning of the semester” Archaga said, going on to call the rogue papers “annoying,” and “bad for the environment.”

            The website’s bold claim that “Extra Money can Change Your life for the Better [sic],” seems to be suspect at best, with Mistal going as far as to say that he had “zero” confidence in the site’s integrity.

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