Fraud alert for unemployment email scam

An example of a fraudulent email sent to unemployment claimants across the nation.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is warning unemployment claimants about an email scam it says is continuing to make its way across the country.
The department said the historic increase in unemployment claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to targeted fraudulent activity in many states across the nation.
The email circulating from coast to coast pinpoints individual claimants, trying to convince them there is an issue with their claim.
The email uses a seemingly authentic, but generic email address and has the subject line “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Notification” and warns claimants that online access to their account has been restricted because of suspicious activity. It then prompts the claimant to click a link to submit personal information to remedy the issue.
However, the Labor Department said it has not received notification of any claimants in the state receiving this fraudulent email.
A legitimate email from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will have its name on it and it state it is from Jobs4TN. If the department requests documentation, claimants will submit those documents through a portal branded with Jobs4TN.
The Labor Department urges that if a claimant receives an email from a generic unemployment address, they should not respond and delete it immediately.

1 Comment

  1. Alma Gorney on November 7, 2020 at 10:55 am

    How do you know when somebody is getting unemployment that isn’t fraud

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