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Maine Labor Officials Warn of Unemployment Scam
11/20/2012 02:37 PM ET  

State authorities say the scam is aimed at getting wage and separation information on former employees that are supposedly trying to file claims for unemployment benefits.

Maine labor officials are warning employers of a scam aimed at getting them to provide sensitive information about employees.

The scam uses official-looking emails that purport to come from the "Division of Unemployment Assistance." The emails look similar to legitimate job separation requests used by state unemployment agencies.

State authorities say the scammers request wage and separation information on former employees who are supposedly trying to file claims for unemployment benefits, and directs employers to an embedded Web site address. The address takes users to a site in South Africa.

Maine Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette says the scam is aimed at obtaining employees' personal information. "Do not provide sensitive employee data to anyone by email unless you know that you have an open and active claim with the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation of the Maine Department of Labor," Paquette says in a statement.

Paquette says business owners who think they might have fallen for the scam should contact local law enforcement.



 

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