Vermont Department of Labor Warns of Scam

The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) is warning of a nationwide identity theft scam that lures employers into providing confidential information about their employees. Emails were sent to businesses in at least 10 states, including New York and Massachusetts.
The scam tries to trick employers to responding to the fake email sent from a state’s Division of Unemployment Assistance. The email looks like a legitimate job separation request used by states’ UI agencies and requests wage and other information on former employee(s) who are filing for unemployment benefits. It then directs them to an embedded website in South Africa though a click on link. The Vermont Department of Labor did not send this type of email. The scam is generic and does not reference specific employees or businesses by name.
VDOL does not request confidential information over email, or attempt to collect information on behalf of other state’s unemployment agencies.
If you receive any email that you suspect may not be legitimate, call the Vermont Department of Labor immediately at 802-828-4254.

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