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: