Dear Members,

I wanted to make you aware of reports received by AFSCME of union members being targeted by email and telephone scams.

State employees in Illinois and Washington state have received a phony email discussing supposed furloughs and directing the employee to fill out a form and reply with the information. The phony email was made to look as if it came from AFSCME international president Lee Saunders.That message is a scam and an attempt to obtain personal information about individuals.

IMPORTANT: Any email from the domain name “” is a scam phishing email. Anyone who receives an email from “” or any other suspicious senders should delete the email. Don’t reply to the sender, don’t download any attachments, and don’t click any links – including the link to “stop receiving these emails.”

In addition, an Illinois local government retiree reported receiving a phone call that claimed the individual owed money to the union, and should call a number to arrange to pay the money back. That call is also a fraud.

If you receive emails or calls like those described above, let us know by replying to this message or using the feedback tool on the AFSCME Council 31 web site.

It is a good rule of thumb to never share your personal information with a solicitor over the phone, email or web.

Protecting your privacy and your personal information are very important to us. Be vigilant about any calls or emails you receive that seem like strange or unexpected requests for information. If they pertain to the union, don’t hesitate to contact your local leadership.


Stacy Pflugmacher
Business Manager
AFSCME Council 31