ALERT: Scammers spoofing WorkSourceWA.com, Cigna Health to access your money and information
Posted Monday, September 12, 2016
Updated Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Employment Security Department continues to receive reports that scammers claiming to represent legitimate companies like Cigna Health are scheduling interviews and hiring people, telling them they found their information on WorkSourceWA.com. The scammers then send the individuals phony checks, ask them to deposit the checks in their bank accounts, then ask them to send money to a third party. By the time the bank determines the checks are phony, the individuals have already sent the money and it is difficult, if not impossible, to get it back.
In each case, we found Cigna Health is not a company registered with our system —and in at least one case, the job seeker had not even posted her resume on WorkSourceWA.com.
Regardless of what platform you use to search for jobs, WorkSource encourages you to familiarize yourself with most common job scams, and to remember, if the jobs sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.
The Washington State Office of the Attorney General offers job seekers the following tips to avoid employment rip-offs:
- Avoid any job that requires you to pay money up front. Never send money by Western Union or Moneygram to someone you don’t know, even if you are sent a check to deposit in your account first. Fraudulent wire transfers are one of the most common scams. By the time you learn the check you deposited is fake, your money is long gone. Do not agree to a job that requires you to run business funds through your personal financial accounts.
- Protect your personal information.
- Use caution when posting your resume online and take advantage of tools that allow you to hide your contact information.
- Do not include your Social Security number, driver’s license or birth date on an online resume. Never share this personal information until you have confirmed that the employer and the job offer are genuine.
- Check out potential employers with the Better Business Bureau and independently confirm the employer’s identity. It should be a warning to you if an employer uses a common e-mail account like Hotmail or Gmail, instead of a corporate domain (@CompanyName.com). Be suspicious, too, if the only provided phone number always goes to voicemail or if the only available contact address is a P.O. Box. Your local WorkSource Office can also help you if you are suspicious.
- Steer clear of too-good-to-be-true offers that promise large paychecks for few hours of work.
WorkSource is committed to protecting your personal information and is constantly on the lookout for fraudulent job postings. While you can never claim to be totally safe from hackers, we’ve put considerable planning and effort into making WorkSourceWA.com secure and encourage you to use it as your platform of choice for job seeking.