WWU's Student Employment Center has noted that a common scam has been occurring again on campus. Students are contacted and offered a job — typically as a personal assistant. The student is sometimes asked to run a couple simple errands for the scammer. Then they are told the scammer is temporarily out of the country. The scammer will tell the student they are going to send them a check — usually via UPS, Priority Mail or even Fed Ex (not a regular envelope). The student is advised to cash the check, keep a significant amount (typically in the $500-$1000 range) as payment for the jobs they are doing, and then send the rest back via Western Union. The check then bounces but the student has usually sent money on to the scammer.
More information on this and other common scams is available here; read up and protect yourself!