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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.
We have received numerous reports of phishing text scams. The web address changes frequently, but the message is typically similar to: "Due to numbers of fraudulent claims we request you to verify your Wisconsin UI identity here on FAKE WEB ADDRESS HERE to prevent your Account being locked. Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance." If you have opted in to receive text messages from the department and you're not sure if something is legitimate, log into your Claimant Portal to see if you've really received a message.
View this fake text message that states UI has funded your claim account and to click a link to process it. If you have opted in to receive text messages from the department and you're not sure if something is legitimate, log into your Claimant Portal to see if you've really received a message. If benefit payments have been made, you can see those on the Claimant Portal. You are not required to click a link to process your payments.