May 12, 2021 – Sacramento – The California Employment Development Department (EDD) on Tuesday warned Californians to be on alert for scammers who pretend to be EDD or Bank of America in an attempt to trick people into giving up personal information by text message.

There have been several reports of people receiving scam cell-phone text messages to trick unemployment insurance claimants into clicking a link. Here are examples of such scam text messages:

The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have also warned consumers about this type of scam. Information about how to avoid text-message scams is available through the Federal Trade Commission, FBI, and the EDD Unemployment Scammers fact sheet.

Customers who are unsure whether a text message is legitimate can check their UI Online account or their mailed notice to verify the information.

Here are some key tips to help people determine whether a text message is a scam:

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