Cyber Criminals Are Spoofing Micromeritics Instrument Corporation and Using Fake Job Listings to Target Job Applicants’ Personally Identifiable Information

It has been brought to our attention that SCAMMERS / CRIMINAL ACTORS are deceiving victims into believing they have a job or potential job with Micromeritics Instrument Corporation (MIC). These criminals have spoofed our website by creating a domain name (micromeriticscareers.com) similar in appearance to MIC’s domain name (micromeritics.com)

The scammers are using MIC’s company logo and employee profiles (found on LinkedIn) to post fake jobs on popular job boards that direct applicants to the spoofed sites. The scammers are then conducting false interviews using a teleconference application, with unsuspecting applicants, to persuade victims to provide them with personally identifiable information (PII). PPI can be used for any number of nefarious purposes, including taking over the victims’ accounts, opening new financial accounts, or using the victims’ identity for another deception scam such as obtaining false licenses or passports. They promise you a job, but what they want is your money and your personal information.

Please protect yourself and use best practices in your job search! Cyber criminals executing this scam request the same information as legitimate employers such as MIC, making it difficult to identify a hiring scam until it is too late.

Some indications of this SCAM may include:

    • Interviews are not conducted in-person or through a secure video call.

      (MIC conducts MS Teams and In-Person interviews for all job openings.)

    • Interviews are conducted via teleconference applications that use email addresses instead of phone numbers.

      (MIC provides legitimate contact information, phone numbers and emails addresses to all contacted applicants.)

    • Potential employers contact victims through non-company email domains and teleconference applications.

      (All applicants are contacted though micromeritics.com email domain and company Teams Teleconference Application.)

    • Potential employers require employees to purchase start-up equipment from the company.

      (Applicants will NEVER be asked to purchase start-up equipment from MIC.)

    • Potential employers require employees to pay upfront for background investigations or screenings.

      (MIC will pay for all pre-employment screening for applicants.)

    • Potential employers request credit card information.

      (MIC will NEVER request credit card information from applicants.)

    • Potential employers send an employment contract to physically sign asking for PII

      (MIC will NEVER send an employment contract to sign, but rather an offer letter that only requires an electronic signature.)

    • Job postings appear on job boards, but not on the companies‚Äô websites.

      (ALL MIC job posts with be visible on our website at www.micromeritics.com)

    • Recruiters or managers do not have profiles on the job board, or the profiles do not seem to fit their roles.

      (All MIC recruiters and managers have active profiles on the job boards.)

If you believe you, or someone you know, is a victim of an employment scam, please contact your local FBI Office or visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.