Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today issued an important alert advising residents to be aware of a current scam taking advantage of claimants who are collecting unemployment benefits.
EMAIL OR PHISHING SCAM
Claimants are receiving an email from a Gmail account that appears to be from the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) asking for personal information. The scammer is also attaching what looks like an actual news release from the UIA in attempt to strengthen the credibility of the email.
TEXT OR SMISHING SCAM
A similar scam in the form of a text message with a link included is also on the rise. The text claims to come from "MI Unemployment Verification" and advises recipients that they are making exciting changes to their security features. If you don't log in, they may remove your benefits.
"These scams are called Government Imposter scams," Nessel said. "No government agency, state or federal, will use Gmail for official purposes nor will they communicate with you by text, unless you register to receive text notifications from that agency, and those texts will never ask you for personal information."
If you received either an email or a text message, do not respond. UIA would never ask you to click on a link or reply to an email or a text with your personal information. Responses to ID verification requests from UIA should only be uploaded through your secure Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) account online at the UIA's website, where you can also learn more about protecting yourself from identity theft.
Anyone who has fallen for this scam should immediately Report Fraud or Identity Theft with the UIA. They should also monitor their banking and account information each time they certify for benefits.
TO REPORT A SCAM, FILE A COMPLAINT OR GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL:
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909
Toll free: 877-765-8388
Online complaint form