Bryan Cohen May 14, 2014, 6:17pm

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster and Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis warned consumers on Tuesday about a potential employment scam involving companies offering fake job opportunities to obtain personally identifying information.

Several companies using the names of legitimate New Hampshire companies have sent emails to multiple New Hampshire job seekers in the past few days. The email claims the company is interested in hiring the job seekers for current openings. In reality, the email is meant to obtain confidential information from the job seeker and steal money or the identity of the victims.

The emails claim the companies require personal bank account information so the employer can send them funds to purchase certain software or equipment they will need to perform the job. Skeptical job seekers appropriately contacted New Hampshire Employment Security to report the incidents.

The companies initially registered with the New Hampshire Job Match System, a resume posting system run by New Hampshire Employment Security. Copadis' office took steps to block any entity involved in the scam from further access to the system.

"The department does its best to guard against fraud schemes in the job match system," Copadis said. "The system serves a useful and beneficial purpose in providing another venue for job seekers to connect with hiring employers. Unfortunately, no matter how diligent we are in trying to guard against fraud and abuse, there is always the risk of this type of activity with unscrupulous individuals trying to take advantage of unsuspecting New Hampshire citizens."

Copadis said New Hampshire residents must keep their guard up, reminding them that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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