Unemployment Insurance Fraud: Reminder to claimants to be aware of fraud

15 October 2021

Unemployment insurance fraud has been increasing since the start of the pandemic. Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a Public Service Announcement to help the public identify false unemployment websites.  

Tips on How to Protect Yourself:

  • Verify the spelling of web addresses, websites, and email addresses to identify imitations.
  • Look for a padlock icon next to the URL in the address bar to verify that the website you visit has a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate.
  • Ensure operating systems and applications are updated to the most current versions.
  • Update anti-malware and anti-virus software and conduct regular network scans.
  • Disable or remove unneeded software applications.
  • Use strong two-factor authentication if possible, via biometrics, hardware tokens, or authentication apps.
  • Do not open emails, attachments, or links from unknown individuals.
  • Do not communicate with unsolicited text message/email senders by verifying the email header information.

You can read the full PSA here: https://www.ic3.gov/Media/Y2021/PSA211015

Contact Information

COVID-19 Update: Department of Labor regional offices are currently operating with limited times for in-person services due to COVID-19 and staffing limitations. To see when your local office is open for in-person services click here.

Vermont Department of Labor
5 Green Mountain Drive
P.O. Box 488
Montpelier, 05601-0488
(802) 828-4000

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