Be Aware of a Rise in Fraud for Unemployment Benefits: What to Do
February 4, 2021
Contact your state’s unemployment office if you are affected by this scam. We’ve received reports from people who’ve received unemployment benefit confirmation letters or prepaid cards that were applied for illegally. Because unemployment claims are handled by state agencies, it’s important that you contact your state’s unemployment office directly.
Do not give personal information to anyone who contacts you. Banks, unemployment agencies and government offices will not call, email or text you unexpectedly to verify your personal information. Do not give out your bank account, debit account or other account information.
Practice secure online habits:
Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.
Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, Social Security number, financial data or other personal information in response to an email or robocall.
Instead of clicking a suspicious link, always verify the URL of legitimate websites by manually typing them into your browser. When the legitimate URL is typed into a browser, in front of it will appear a lock icon and the letters “https.”
Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link. For example, notice if an address that should end in a “.gov” ends in “.com” instead.