CASPER, Wyo. — Online help wanted ads for a Panda Express in Casper have circulated on some Casper-focused Facebook groups lately, leading some to believe the popular chain is hatching plans for a local location.

Unfortunately, that is not the case.

“Currently, the only two stores we have in Wyoming are in Cheyenne and Laramie, and there is no confirmation of any store or new store opening for Casper, Wyoming,” said a company representative in an email to Oil City News this week.

“Our HR team has confirmed that [this] is not a legitimate job posting,” they added.

A screenshot shows one of the bogus Panda Express job postings found online.

The ads are advertising kitchen and service staff, and one recent ad promoted a manager.

Oil City News reached out to the Casper Police Department for a possible explanation on Wednesday but did not hear back by publication time.

However, it is easy to find warnings of job scams aiming to either rip people off or get private information.

According to the FBI, “cyber criminals now pose as legitimate employers by spoofing company websites and posting fake job openings on popular online job boards. They conduct false interviews with unsuspecting applicant victims, then request PII and/or money from these individuals.”

The FBI warning continues:

Criminals first spoof a legitimate company’s website by creating a domain name similar in appearance to a legitimate company. Then they post fake job openings on popular job boards that direct applicants to the spoofed sites. Applicants can apply on the spoofed company websites or directly on the job boards. Applicants are contacted by email to conduct an interview using a teleconference application. According to victims, cyber criminals impersonate personnel from different departments, including recruiters, talent acquisition, human resources, and department managers.

It’s difficult to determine who created the ads and why, but it’s safe to say they are bogus.