For Immediate Release
May 13, 2014
James T. Boffetti, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
Deputy Commissioner Richard Lavers
New Hampshire Employment Security
Attorney General Joseph Foster and Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis have opened an investigation of a potential employment scam involving various companies contacting job seekers and offering fake job opportunities in an effort to obtain confidential information from these individuals. It appears the perpetrators of these fraud schemes are utilizing the names of legitimate companies here in New Hampshire.
These companies have sent e-mails to several New Hampshire job seekers over the past few days claiming to be interested in hiring them for current job openings. The e-mail is designed to obtain confidential information from the job seeker and to steal money or the identity of these unsuspecting individuals under the guise of providing the job seeker a long awaited job opportunity. The companies often require job seekers to provide personal bank account information so that the "employer" can then send them funds to purchase certain software or equipment they will need in order to perform the job. Skeptical job seekers promptly and appropriately contacted New Hampshire Employment Security to report these incidents.
These companies initially registered with the New Hampshire Job Match System, an on-line resume posting system run by New Hampshire Employment Security designed to connect legitimate employers with job seekers. They appear to be using the names of legitimate companies for purposes of registration. The companies then contact job seekers registered in the system. Employment Security has taken immediate steps to block any involved entity from further access to the system and has also contacted each individual job seeker potentially affected by this scheme. Employment Security has also taken further steps to reduce the likelihood this scenario occurs again in the future.
"The Department does its best to guard against fraud schemes in the job match system. The system serves a useful and beneficial purpose in providing another venue for job seekers to connect with hiring employers. Unfortunately, no matter how diligent we are in trying to guard against fraud and abuse, there is always the risk of this type of activity with unscrupulous individuals trying to take advantage of unsuspecting New Hampshire citizens. The bottom line is that people need to keep their guard up and if something sounds too good to be true, including a job opportunity, then it generally is," stated Commissioner Copadis.
In response to these and other similar e-mail solicitation scams, both agencies offer job seekers these useful tips to better protect themselves:
If anyone, including job seekers or employers, have concerns regarding suspicious activity or need additional information please contact the Consumer Protection Bureau of the Attorney General's office at 1-888-468-4454 or Deputy Commissioner Richard Lavers (603) 228-4065 at New Hampshire Employment Security.
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