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Michigan attorney general warns of unemployment benefits scam

Posted at 4:31 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 16:31:16-05

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an alert Wednesday advising residents of a scam taking advantage of claimants who are collecting unemployment benefits.

Claimants are receiving an email from a Gmail account that appears to be from the Unemployment Insurance Agency asking for personal information, a news release said.

The scammer is also attaching what looks like an actual communication from the UIA in an apparent effort to strengthen the credibility of the email.

“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.”

Nessel’s office says not to respond if you receive this email.

Responses to ID verification requests from UIA should only be uploaded through the Michigan Web Account Manager account online through the UIA’s website.

Anyone who has fallen for this scam should immediately report fraud and identity theft with the UIA.

They should also monitor their banking and account information each time they certify for benefits.