Vermont employers wide open to e-mail identity scams

Employers lured into revealing confidential information about employees

— The Vermont Department of Labor has been alerted to a nationwide identity theft scam attempting to lure employers into providing confidential information about their employees.

E-mails have been sent to businesses in at least 10 states, including New York and Massachusetts.

The DOL has not yet received reports of this scam occurring with Vermont employers.

The scam is designed to trick employers into responding to an e-mail that appears to have been sent from a state’s “Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).”

The e-mail looks like a legitimate job separation request used by state U.I. agencies.

The e-mail requests wage and other information on a former employee(s) filing for unemployment benefits, and directs the employer to click on a link to an embedded website address which is in South Africa.

If you receive a request like this, be aware that the Vermont Department of Labor did not send this e-mail.

The scam e-mail is generic and does not reference specific employees or businesses by name.

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