I received an email, purportedly from WI state Department of Health Services, where I’ve interviewed for several jobs recently. The subject line said “Operations Program Associate” which is a specific job title I’ve applied for.
The message was:
This led me to what an image of a postcard, with a legit WI state logo on it,
labeled “Cisco Registered Envelop Service”. It asked me to create an account where I gave my first and last name, created a password, selected a security question from a list and answered the question. That’s it – nothing else was asked.
Then it told me I would need to follow more instructions when I received an “activation email”. I haven’t received one. Even after going back to the page and requesting it be sent again, I haven’t received it. And of course I checked my spam box too.
That set off all kinds of alarms for me. I got hold of someone in their HR department who says that no one by the name on the original email is listed in their staff directory.
But, I went to the Cisco website and they DO in fact have a service called “Cisco Registered Envelop Service”.
One other thing – there is in fact a real person with the same name as the sender (not a common one) living locally, and only one other person by that name in all of America, according to the phone lookup service I used.
So WTF is going on? Who would know I’m applying for work there? And what job I’ve applied for? Why all these hoops for essentially useless information? If they just wanted to be sure I had an active email address – shit – I would have just replied directly to an email with the specifics they had.
And now I’m back to almost thinking it’s real.