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Don’t click that email. State workers targeted with phishing scam, union says

Workers prepare signs, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, during a rally held by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The rally was held to urge lawmakers to including funding for new labor contracts in the budget currently being put together in the Legislature. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Workers prepare signs, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, during a rally held by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The rally was held to urge lawmakers to including funding for new labor contracts in the budget currently being put together in the Legislature. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) AP

State workers are being targeted with scam emails in the aim of scoring personal information, officials with Washington’s largest public employee union said Monday.

Organization leaders with the the Washington Federation of State Employees said they’re investigating “phony emails” they believe are from “malicious actors targeting public service workers.”

Emails sent to state workers Monday warned of a “furlough” that doesn’t exist, according to a news release from the union. They also asked people to fill out an attachment.

The emails may be disguised to appear as if they’re being sent from union leaders, including Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The state union is a division of AFSCME, a national union.

The union says state workers should not open emails with the subject line, “Help Delay September13 Furloughs!”

Emails from addresses ending in “afscme.usu.com” should be deleted, union spokesman Tim Welch said in a news release. Welch also said anyone who gets a scam email should alert his or her IT department.

WFSE has roughly 43,000 members.

Public employees in Illinois have received similar emails according to AFSCME.

Walker Orenstein: 360-786-1826, @walkerorenstein

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