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Monday, April 22, 2024

Recent scammer poses as a Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry worker

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry recently reported that one or more of its licensees have received an email from a scammer that makes the request appear as if it is coming from the Department of Labor and Industry.

“The phishing email message states that, “you are now required to pay a stamp duty charge/completion fee of $850 via Zelle transfer,” a DLI staff member reported. “This message is not from DLI.”

Officials from the DLI stress that if you receive this email, do not reply to the message or click on the link provided. The recipient should report the email to the Federal Trade Commission at reportfraud.ftc.gov.

“If you are concerned about a potentially fraudulent contact by an individual or an organization representing themselves as being from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, call the numbers listed on our contact page,” a DLI representative advised in the Jan. 10 announcement. “A DLI staff member will be able to confirm if the message you received is legitimate.”

Tips to protect yourself:
* Never send money, trade, or invest per the advice of someone you have solely met online.
* Do not disclose your current financial status to unknown and untrusted individuals.
* Do not provide your banking information, Social Security Number, copies of your identification or passport, or any other sensitive information to anyone online or to a site you do not know is legitimate.
* If an online investment or trading site is promoting unbelievable profits, it is most likely that — unbelievable.
* Be cautious of individuals who claim to have exclusive investment opportunities and urge you to act fast.

Readers can also find online scam updates Tuesdays at windomnews.com.
If you have been the target of a scam, your first contact should be local authorities. Also, feel free to contact us with details (we can keep your name confidential).
Send your story to: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. By sharing, you could prevent someone from being scammed.

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