UPDATE FROM AFSCME, 2:13 PM, MONDAY, SEPT. 11, 2017
Phishing Scam Targets Public Service Workers, Impersonates AFSCME
Union urges members to report any suspicious correspondence
WASHINGTON, D.C. – AFSCME has confirmed incidents of malicious actors targeting public service workers with scam phishing emails and robocalls. These emails and calls impersonate AFSCME accounts and AFSCME President Lee Saunders in an effort to trick public service workers into sharing their personal information.
Any email from the domain name “afscme.us.com” is a scam phishing email. Anyone who receives an email from “afscme.us.com” or any other suspicious senders should take the following steps:
1. Delete the email.
2. Do not reply to the sender, download any attachments, or click any links – including the link to “stop receiving these emails.”
3. Alert your employer’s IT department.
AFSCME is actively working to identify the source of these phishing attempts and urges all public service workers to report any suspicious activity.
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Some Federation members and other state employees have received phony scam emails dated today, Sept. 11, that there is a furlough in a few days. It is a scam, repeat, a scam to get you to fill out a form to gain your personal, private information.
To be clear, our national union did not, repeat, did not send out an email today. There is no furlough in Washington state. There is no action you need to take except to ignore the phony email that misappropriates the name of our national president, Lee Saunders.
We highly suspect this is a scam to violate your privacy.
Several of you became even more skeptical because the “legal” citations used are from the New Mexico collective bargaining agreement and New Mexico personnel rules.
Many of you were right to be skeptical. New Mexico isn’t Washington.
AFSCME in Washington, DC has confirmed that no such email came from them. Alerted by us, they are investigating to see if any similar scam emails went to other states.
To repeat, these scammers misappropriated the name of our union and our national president to get your personal information. They ghoulishly chose the anniversary of 9/11 to try to scare you. Do not open the email with the subject line “Help Delay September13 Furloughs!” Ignore it. Do not respond. Trash it.
If you have any questions about the scam email, call us at 1-800-562-6002.