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UIA Alerts Public Of Text Message Phishing Scam


The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency or UIA is warning the public about a texting scam.

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency or UIA is warning the public about a texting scam.

If you have filed for unemployment benefits and receive a text message claiming to be from the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), says ignore it – it’s a scam. UIA does not use text messaging to correspond with claimants.

In a news release, the Agency’s anti-fraud investigators say they have learned of a recent phishing scheme to try to steal money and personal information from Michigan workers who have lost jobs through no fault of their own.

The text message comes from an out-of-state phone number and provides a link to claim back payments. Do not click on the link. Report it as junk or spam and delete the text.

UIA Director Julia Dale, says quote, “Bad actors are constantly using sophisticated methods to try to steal the money you deserve”, adding, “UIA will not tolerate criminals who try to steal money from hard-working Michiganders.” If you suspect anyone of trying to get your personal information or steal your benefits, let us know right away.”

The suspicious text message is from a phone number with a 210 Area Code, which is in Texas.

UIA says it communicates with claimants through their Michigan Web Account Manager account, letters mailed to the current address on file or by phone.

If you suspect fraud or identity theft, report it by clicking on the Report Fraud and Identity Theft link at Michigan.gov/UIA and fill out a referral form.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.