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.
Here's information on the only way for unemployed workers to file for unemployment online.
How Unemployment Scams Work
Scam unemployment websites collect your personal information to use for fraudulent purposes including identity theft and collecting your personal information to sell you products or services.
How to Identify an Unemployment Website Scam
- The website has a .org, .com, or .biz extension. Official department of labor and state unemployment office websites have a .gov extension.
- The unemployment website claims that you can file for unemployment insurance online via the website and offers a unemployment claims form, which is fraudulent.
- The website offers to file for unemployment for you, either for free or for a fee.
- The site collects your personal information - name, address, phone, email, etc.
How to Avoid Unemployment Scams
- Do not file for unemployment benefits on any other site than your state unemployment office website.
- Do not give out your personal information to any website or via email that claims to help you collect unemployment insurance.
How to Report An Unemployment Scam
Here's how to report a scam, including where and how to report an employment or unemployment scam.
Unemployment Articles and Advice
- Unemployment Benefits
- Unemployment Eligibility
- Filing for Unemployment Online
- Unemployment Extension
- Unemployment Claims Question/Answers
Disclaimer: 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.