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Did you get a text about unemployment claims? Delete it, Idaho Department of Labor says

By: - June 15, 2021 4:05 am

The Idaho Department of Labor is warning residents about unemployment insurance text scams that are an attempt to steal personal information to file fraudulent unemployment claims. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

The Idaho Department of Labor is warning residents about unemployment insurance text scams that are an attempt to steal personal information to file fraudulent unemployment claims.

According to the release, the Idaho Department of Labor has not been hacked or experienced a data breach.

If you receive a text with a link regarding unemployment insurance, disregard the text and do not click on the link. A fraudster has obtained or stolen your telephone number and is most likely using it to access unemployment benefits and steal your personal information.

The text states your Idaho unemployment insurance claim is on hold for verification and instructs you to click on a link to reactivate your benefits. It is a scam and should be deleted immediately, the release said.

If you have already received this text and clicked on the link, call an unemployment insurance claim specialist at 208-332-8942. You can also alert the department by filling out a form located at http://labor.idaho.gov/ReportIDTheft.

The webpage also contains frequently asked questions about identity theft.

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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.

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