Phone Scam in Treasure Valley
Although there are no reports of it happening in Kuna or Melba, businesses should be on the lookout for a scam being used recently on Eagle businesses. Over a dozen businesses and some residents have received phone calls from scammers pretending to be with Idaho Power. They are threatened with their power being shut off unless they pay delinquent bills right away. Then the scammers request that they pay with pre-paid credit cards. It is a scam not unique to Idaho as the tactic has been used across the United States. Ada County Sheriff’s office says, “If a bill collector is legitimate, they may call you on the phone but they won’t tell you to place money for payment on a pre-paid credit card or do any type of wire transfer.”
For more info on how to protect yourself from phone scams, visit http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-telemarketing-scams
Idaho Employment Hits Record in December
The Idaho Department of Labor reports that more Idahoans found jobs in December than in any other month in 20 years, pushing total employment to a record 728,600 and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 5.7 percent, its lowest level in over five years.
Preliminary estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed nearly 3,800 Idaho workers found jobs in December, the largest single-month increase since January 1994. That surge dropped the unemployment rate four-tenths of a percentage point, matching the jobless rate in October 2008.
Overall, Idaho’s economy had 2.2 percent more jobs in December than a year earlier while the nation ran 1.6 percent ahead of December 2012.