Idaho Labor Department investigating job seeker scam

Posted at 12:19 PM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 14:19:46-05

The Idaho Department of Labor is investigating a scam where job seekers are receiving fraudulent e-mails with the subject line of “Job Offer” from a company called Juno Publishing Limited.

The e-mail suggests the job seeker’s profile was accessed through a fictitious employer account in IdahoWorks, the Idaho Labor Department’s job search engine.

“Recipients are being instructed to set up a Google Hangout account and engage in a dialogue where the scammer asks the job seeker to provide personal identification data to receive a job,” according to a news release from the Idaho Labor Department.

The Idaho Department of Labor is telling those who received these e-mails not to respond to them, do not click on the links contained in the message, and to delete the e-mail –- which includes removing in from your computer’s trash bin.

“Job scams like these are common and start with a request for a job seeker to participate in a job interview through an online chat network or other messenger software,” the news release warned. “Job seekers then are offered the job within minutes of the interview and asked for personal information.”

Job seekers are advised to avoid job scams and false postings by watching out for these common red flags:

• Requests to participate in an online chat interview.
• Unprofessional communication -- misspelled words, improper grammar, random capitalized letters.
• Requests for personal information including bank or credit card information.
• Job postings that offer few details.
• Requests for money to secure your job.
• Unprofessional communication.
• Anonymous e-mails.
• Overpayments for the job duties listed.