Montana Departments of Labor and Industry and Justice warn of fraudulent text messages
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry and the Montana Department of Justice are warning residents of fraudulent text messages claiming to be from the state. The agencies are aware of at least four smishing text messages that are sent to UI claimants and non-claimants.
This “smishing” attempt asks claimants to click a link to verify their identity on their Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK. These texts do not come from the DLI. You may receive an SMS from ID.me or from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry fraud team is aware of these attacks and is monitoring activity to see if there is a slight increase in backhanded claims.
“Montanais should always be wary when asked to provide personal information, especially when it is unsolicited. When in doubt, citizens should always contact us directly to ensure that a request for information is legitimate ”, Montana Department of Labor and Industry commissioner Laurie Esau said.
If you receive a text message regarding Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or other DLI-related programs that you believe to be fraudulent, please contact the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. You can report suspected fraud on this website: https://uid.dli.mt.gov/report-fraud/ or call the Fraud Hotline (406) 444-0072 or toll free at (888) 556-4677.
Any scams by phone, email, or mail can be reported to the Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection at https://app.doj.mt.gov/OCPPortal/?q=node/396, [email protected], or (406) 444-4500 or toll free at (800) 481-6896.