Job Advertising Fraud — WABI-TV

Russ Van Arsdale and Joy talk about a recent trend in job advertising fraud.

The Maine Department of Labor issued an alert on Friday on a scam attempt in the form of a posting on the Maine Job Bank. The posting used Central Maine Medical Center’s name and federal ID number to advertise for a bookkeeper and an administrative assistant. Job seekers who replied were told to set up a Yahoo e-mail account – as correspondence went on, applicants were asked to give their financial information.

 The DOL urges people to keep using the Maine Job Bank, but ignore any posts that ask for new e-mail set-ups or interviews by way of instant messaging system. The scammer’s use of a public e-mail system is a tip-off, as if a request to set up any account.

Maine Career Center (www.mainecareercenter.com) has the warning on its web page.

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