Unfortunately, identity theft is now commonplace. If an identity thief obtains your private information, they may use it to create an imposter unemployment insurance account in your name. They do this to try to steal money from the Unemployment Insurance Program.
If you received this handbook in the mail, but did not apply for a benefit account, please submit a fraud report on our website. You can find the form at: www.uimn.org/fraud-report
In a phishing scam, an identity thief will create a large list of email addresses or phone numbers. The identity thief then sends out a mass email or text message (like the image on the right).
Phishing messages usually sound like they came from an organization you trust. They will often mention some kind of urgent problem, like:
Phishing messages usually include a link or attachment. Sometimes these links/attachments will cause malicious software to download to your device. In other cases, phishing links/attachments will lead you to a fake website designed to steal your information.
Here are a few tips to protect yourself from phishing scams: