AG Nessel Reissues Alert as Text Scam Targets UIA ClaimantsTue, 04 May 2021 16:18:56 EDT
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning people about a text message impersonating the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).
Officials say the department was recently informed a text message is targeting claimants with a fraudulent announcement that UIA is making changes to security features. The specific smishing attempt, which is when scammers send text messages pretending to be from trusted sources, asks the recipient to click on a link and log into their account, or risk losing their benefits. The goal is to obtain the claimant's personal information that can then be used to steal their identity.
If you believe someone has stolen your identity to claim unemployment benefits, report your concern to the UIA. Additional information and tips to protect your identity can be found online (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/uia/FS_166_-_Protecting_Unemployment_Benefits_from_Identity_Theft_-_claimants_522482_7.pdf).
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