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Types of Unemployment Scams

How to Avoid Unemployment Scams


There are a variety of different types of unemployment scams that are used to get unemployed workers to divulge personal information which may be used for identity theft, to steal unemployment benefits, or to get unemployment beneficiaries to pay for services or supplies.

Here's information on typical unemployment scams, unemployment scam warning signs and examples, and how to avoid getting scammed when you are unemployed.

Unemployment Debit Card Scams

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Unemployment debit card scams involve scammers who target unemployment recipients to get their unemployment debit card number and PIN code so they can steal their unemployment benefits. Here's what to do if you are asked for your debit card information, as well as what to do if you have given it out.

Unemployment Email Scams

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With this type of scam, scammers send email messages attempting to get unemployment debit card information or personal information from unemployed workers so they can steal their unemployment benefits or use it for identity theft. Here's more information on email unemployment scams and what to watch out for.

Unemployment Fee for Filing Scams

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One type of unemployment scam involves websites that offer to file for unemployment benefits or extended unemployment benefits for you for a fee. Scam unemployment websites say you can file an unemployment claim on the website for a fee to expedite or assist you in applying for basic unemployment or extended unemployment benefits.

Unemployment Phone Call Scams

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If you get a phone call asking for your unemployment debit card information or other personal information regarding your unemployment claim, it's a scam. Unemployment phone call scams involve scammers targeting unemployment recipients to steal their benefits and/or steal their personal information by calling or texting to get debit card or social security numbers and other information.

Unemployment Website Scams

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Another common unemployment scams involves websites that offer to file for unemployment benefits or extended unemployment benefits for you. It is important to know that you are the only person who can apply online for unemployment benefits and you have to file directly on your state unemployment office website. Third parties cannot file for unemployment benefits for you.

Unemployment Scam Warnings

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Here are scams that have been reported on State Unemployment Websites and Department of Labor Websites to warn beneficiaries of unemployment about scams that say they will help them apply for unemployment benefits, websites that charge for filing an unemployment claim or attempt to collect personal information from unemployed individuals online or via cell phone or email.

How to Report a Scam

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Have you been scammed or almost scammed? Here's information on how to report a scam, including where and how to report an unemployment scam. Reporting a scam is a valuable public service to other readers, many of whom say they were alerted to a scam by googling a phrase or the URL, then finding a report about the scam online.

Unemployment Articles and Advice

Here's more information on unemployment including how to file for benefits and extended benefits, eligibility for unemployment, unemployment compensation, and answers to frequently asked questions about unemployment.


Please Note: You may see advertisements for scams on this page, because that's the topic of the page. Just because you see an ad or a site listed here, that doesn't make a legitimate company. Carefully check out websites before you provide personal information to ensure they are legitimate.

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