“Phishing” Emails Targeting Employers Shows Again in Montana / by David Lawrence

(Helena, MT) The Montana Department of Labor and Industry is warning Montana employers of a “phishing” email that asks for information regarding former employees’ wage and separation information. “This is the second time within a few months that this e-mail has hit Montana”, said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. “We are alerting employers about the scam, so they don’t unknowingly give information to a potential identity thief.” The email references the Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and the need for former employees’ information in relation to a claim that has been filed. The Montana agency responsible for unemployment insurance is the Montana Unemployment Insurance Division (UID).

The Department of Labor and Industry’s Unemployment Insurance Division’s business practice is to make requests for confidential employee information by telephone, USPS mail, fax or the secure file transfer system for Montana, ePass. Montana UID staff do some non-confidential exchange of information via email, in which case the email includes the staff person’s name, position, phone number and the “mt.gov” extension in the “From” email address.

Bucy recommends that any Montana employer receiving this fraudulent email not reply with any information and delete the email.

Should employers have questions concerning emails that purport to be from the Montana Unemployment Insurance Division, contact the Montana UID fraud investigator at (406) 444-1709 or email dliuidci@mt.gov.

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Casey Kyler-West

Communications Director

Department of Labor & Industry

444-1520

ckylerwest@mt.gov