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Unemployment Scam Warnings

By February 1, 2013

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Along with other types of employment scams, unemployment scams are become more prevalent.  With one of  unemployment scam, a website says that you can file for unemployment benefits on their website or they may offer to file for unemployment for you - for a fee.  

When it comes to filing for unemployment, it's really simple.  The only way you can file for unemployment benefits is on your state unemployment office website and there is never a charge.

Any website that says it will file for unemployment for you is a phishing scheme out to get your personal information.   Sites that offer to "File For Unemployment Benefits" or say they have an "Unemployment Benefits Claim Form" or "Unemployment Extension Claim Form" are not legitimate.

Other scams may call or email you asking you for information regarding your claim.  Don't respond to phone calls, emails or text messages asking for personal information, such as your social security number, debit card number or PIN number.

If you have any questions on your claim, visit your state unemployment website.   You will be able to check the status of your claim, get an update on benefits extensions and who qualifies for them.  In addition, most states have a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section where you can get answers to many questions about unemployment.

Here's more information on how to avoid unemployment scams and on the types of types of unemployment scams that prey on the unemployed.

List a Scam: Have you been scammed or almost scammed? Add an unemployment scam to our list.

Related: Unemployment Benefits | Unemployment Extension | How to File for Unemployment | What To Do When Unemployment Runs Out

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