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Job hunters in NH warned about possible scammers
Job seekers post resumes on the system run by New Hampshire Employment Security that’s designed to connect legitimate employers with job seekers.
He said they provide names of supposed employees and other information in an effort to appear to be the real company.
He said some job seekers became suspicious and contacted his department and action has been taken.
Referring to the scammers, Lavers said: “They like to move fast.” As a result, he said, the department has gone back 45 days to check, and recheck registered companies, to make sure they are the real thing, not scammers. Each company that’s registered for the online system has been contacted individually and has been verified, said Lavers.He said the scammers were able to access the Job Match System to get some identifying information, but not Social Security numbers. “Nobody has provided their bank routing and account numbers.” Senior Assistant Attorney General James T. Boffetti said the same type of scam was done about four years ago and what the scammers would do is get into the system, contact people and begin “the grooming process.” As part of the phony job application process, Boffetti said, the scammers may suggest a “job exercise” that involves depositing a check and then sending proceeds to another location.
New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster and Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis said an investigation has been opened into the potential employment scam, but also issued a set of tips for job seekers, to help them protect against scams and scammers.
• Don’t open unsolicited emails or attachments if they are not from a familiar or trusted source, contain suspicious subject lines or no subject line at all, even from a recognized sender.
• Call or check with your local NH Works office if anyone claims to be “partnering” with or “affiliated” with the New Hampshire Job Match System.
If anyone, including job seekers or employers, has concerns about suspicious activity or needs additional information, contact the Consumer Protection Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office at 1-888-468-4454 or New Hampshire Employment Security Deputy Commissioner Richard Lavers at 228-4065.
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