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Attorney General warns of unemployment benefit scams on social media

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Posted at 9:52 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 09:52:06-04

LANSING, Mich. — With thousands of Michiganders seeking help getting benefits from the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency, citizens are vulnerable to scams, especially on social media, says Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Many people turn to social media seeking ideas from others on how to solve their problems getting money they qualify for, and not everyone offering help or information is honest. “There is no guarantee that these answers have been vetted or that the individuals promising to help can actually do so,” said Nessel in a release.

“Do not under any circumstance pay a fee or offer up your personal information to someone on social media.”

These are situations where you may be dealing with a scammer:

  • Do not accept offers to give you help with the benefit process for a fee. You may pay and get nothing.
  • Do not give personal information to anyone who offers help through social media. It may be an effort at identity theft.
  • Information freely offered on social media is not official and may not be correct. What looks like a quick fix may delay further any chance of getting benefits you deserve.

Official contacts: UIA Customer Service 866-500-0017, UIA website.

Related: UIA Director: Michigan unemployment system has weaknesses and is not user-friendly
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