The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (MODOLIR) issued a warning about fraudulent emails.
Some unemployment insurance claimants have received suspicious emails. However, the department has been able to warn others and help to prevent the furtherance of the phishing scam.
A concerned claimant and vigilant claims specialist helped bring the situation to the attention of the office of the director.
“The Department continually strives to maintain the integrity of Missouri’s Unemployment Insurance system for both businesses and job seekers," Ryan McKenna, director of the Missouri Labor Department said,
The suspected emails were sent from “Unemployment Advisory Department” and used one of two subjects: “Required Documents to File Unemployment in MO” or “Verification Required: Final Notice.”
If you have received this email, delete it immediately and do not click on the links as the website is requesting personal identifiable information that could be used in an act of fraud or theft.
There are a few important things to keep in mind when attempting to verify an email message. Email scams will often include misspellings or other grammar errors.
The Missouri Department of Labor will never request personal information through email. A third party entity cannot file a claim on claimant’s behalf.
Claimants may also contact the department by utilizing their email: firstname.lastname@example.org.