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Unemployment scam: Michigan attorney general issues urgent alert

Several unemployed workers in Michigan received this scam email on Friday seeking personal...
Several unemployed workers in Michigan received this scam email on Friday seeking personal information.(source: State of Michigan)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 4:28 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an urgent alert Friday about a scam targeting workers who are collecting unemployment benefits.

Several jobless workers received an email from a Gmail account asking for personal information. The email appears to include official communication from the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, but that is false.

“There is no government agency, state or federal, that uses Gmail for official purposes,” Nessel said. “Michigan residents should always examine the full email address if the sender is requesting their personal information.”

She advises anyone who receives the email to avoid responding and delete it right away.

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency will never ask for personal information in an email. Any requests for identification should be completed through the Michigan Web Account Manager account.

Anyone who fell victim to the scam should report it immediately to the unemployment agency and closely monitor their bank accounts every time they certify for benefits.

“Bad actors are increasingly sophisticated in their efforts to deceive people into giving away personal information,” said Nessel. “This is one of the cruelest scams I’ve ever seen because it targets vulnerable residents who are desperate to receive their UIA benefits – so desperate that they may not inspect the email address to confirm its validity.”

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