Avoid Unemployment Scams
Don't Be A Victim
On occasion the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) receives notification of potential scams aimed at
Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants and their current or former employers.
In an effort to protect claimants and
employers and their personal information,
this page contains alerts for known scams related to collecting unemployment benefits.
Please be aware of potential fraud and report any and all
Scams Targeting Claimants
- No Fee
There is no fee to file for unemployment benefits. If you get a phone call from someone representing
themselves as being from California EDD or a representative of Wisconsin Unemployment
Insurance telling you that you need to pay to file for unemployment benefits -
Do not give any information to the caller or send money.
- False Websites
There are several websites that advertise that they can assist claimants in
filing for unemployment benefits. Some of those sites offer services
free of charge and others do charge for the services. The sites often ask for
confidential/private information such as your social security number, address,
work history and email address. Use only the official Wisconsin Unemployment
- Emails and Text Messages
We WILL NOT ask you for personal information or for you to verify your eligibility for
unemployment benefits by email or text message. If you receive an email or text message and you
are unsure if it came from Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance, contact
a claims specialist by phone at (414) 435-7069.
- Email Scams
- If you receive an email from the Job Center of Wisconsin (JCW), stating there
is an employment opportunity and you need to set up a Google Hangouts account to conduct an interview
or you will lose benefits, do not respond. JCW provides more information on how to
protect yourself online including actions to take.
- If you receive an email from an individual or service regarding your method
of payment for receipt of unemployment benefits from Wisconsin
Unemployment Insurance do not respond. The email advises
claimants to enroll in a direct deposit card program online and lists a mailing
address in Las Vegas, NV. This communication did not come from the State of
Wisconsin, DWD, Unemployment Insurance Division. Wisconsin Unemployment
Insurance would never communicate with you via email regarding direct deposit.
- There have been several complaints of individuals receiving false emails
stating that they had won a $1,000 Visa gift card free of charge. The individuals
were directed to a website to claim the gift card. The website malware attempts
to download to their computer. These emails are not from the Texas
Workforce Commission nor are they from the State of Wisconsin, DWD, Unemployment
Insurance Division. Gift cards or other “gifts” are not being given away.
- Applying for Debit Cards
A recent scam directs claimants to a website (unemploymentclaims.org) to
apply for a debit card. The scam company then charges for no activity on the
card. Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance uses the Visa® Pre-Paid Debit Card
(U.S. Bank ReliaCard®)
to pay unemployment benefits.
- ATM Threats
Protect yourself when using your Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance
and any other personal debit or credit cards. Be discreet when
entering your PIN or withdrawing cash at an ATM. If an ATM or even a gas
pump looks suspicious, do not use it!; Criminals try to steal information about your credit or
debit card through skimming, copying information from the magnetic strips,
in order to gain access to your account.
- Job Offers
If you receive a call from someone representing himself as an employee
of Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance offering employment but requesting your credit card number and
personal information in order to be hired, do not provide the information. Wisconsin Unemployment
Insurance would not ask you for your credit card information.
- Online Surveys
Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance does not pay claimants to take surveys. If you receive an
email requesting that you complete an online survey seeming to be from the State of Wisconsin,
DWD, Unemployment Insurance which promises to pay you to complete the survey, do not complete the survey.
This is likely an attempt to get your personal information.
Scams Targeting Employers
- Email Scams
- If you receive an email that claims to be sent on behalf of the New York or
Wisconsin “Division of Unemployment Assistance”: @detma.org requesting
information about a former employee, do not reply to the message and do not
click on the link in the message. This appears to be an email identity theft
scam. Neither the New York Department of Labor nor the State of Wisconsin’s DWD
Unemployment Insurance Division sent the email. Neither office would request
confidential information in this manner. Wisconsin UI does not send emails for
information on former employees.
- There is an imposter Kevin Adams, claiming to be a Sr. Benefit
Representative. He is targeting employers seeking confidential information. He
is targeting employers using an email ending in atworker.com and using an 866
number. Neither the State of Wisconsin, DWD, Unemployment Insurance nor the
State of MO uses an 866 number. The emails for employees use their name and end
in labor.mo.gov for Missouri workers and dwd.wi.gov for State of Wisconsin
workers. Neither agency has employees titled Sr. Benefits Rep. in their