Published on July 18, 2019

Employment recruitment scam alert

Several people have notified Essentia Health that they were contacted about employment opportunities by someone impersonating Essentia Health.

It is important to note that none of these individuals had applied for positions with Essentia Health before being contacted. These were cold calls in which people were contacted and encouraged to apply online using a non-Essentia Health web site. According to the individuals who reported these incidents to Essentia Health, online interviews were subsequently conducted and fake offer letters were sent that included an Essentia Health logo.

Essentia Health has reported these issues to authorities and an investigation is underway.

Hallmarks of employment communication with Essentia Health:

  • An application is submitted via the Essentia Health Careers web site:
  • Interviews are conducted in person or via Skype/Zoom
  • Initial offers are always made over the phone before an offer confirmation letter is sent
  • Offer letters include signatures
  • Communication with Essentia Health recruitment is always from an Essentia Health email account ( after the name.

Again, this scam affects only those who were contacted directly and encouraged to apply for positions using non-Essentia Health channels. This does not impact those who have applied through the Essentia Health web site.

If you have concerns about whether you may be impacted, please contact the Essentia Health Human Resources Department at (218) 576-0000 or email .

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