The Maine Department of Labor issued a state warning to employers regarding a new unemployment insurance scam. The scam attempts to lure employers into providing sensitive employee information.

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The email appears to be sent by the New York’s ‘Division of Unemployment Assistance' asking employers to provide wage and separation information on a "former employee." The email alleges that the ‘former employee’ is trying to file a claim for unemployment benefits.

‘Please be alert to suspicious emails and call us anytime if you have questions. We want to protect businesses and workers; this scam jeopardizes the financial security of both. Don't respond or click on the link in any email from,’ said Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette.

The state government also said that Maine's Bureau of Unemployment Compensation doesn’t send out unsolicited emails requesting confidential information. Neither does it collect information on behalf of other state's unemployment systems.

If you think you’ve been scammed and would like to report it - you can by calling Maine's Bureau of Unemployment Compensation at (207) 621-5100.

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