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State warns against fraudulent email scam

Posted on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 12:23 pm

By Erin McCullough

The state’s department of labor and workforce development is warning Tennesseans who have claimed unemployment of an email scam making its way across the nation.
According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD), the historic increase in unemployment claims around the country due to the ongoing COIVD-19 pandemic has led to targeted fraudulent activity in many states.
The fake email is circulating from coast to coast, according to TDLWD and pinpoints individual claimants, trying to convince them there is an issue with their unemployment claim.
The email utilizes a seemingly authentic but generic email address and has the subject line “Pandemic Unemployment As-sistance Notification.” It warns claimants online access to their account has been restricted because of suspicious activity. It then prompts the claimant to click a link provided in the email and submit personal information to remedy the issue.
TDLWD has not received notification of any claimants in the stat receiving the fraudulent email, the department an-nounced.
Should there be any issue with an unemployment claim in Tennessee, TDLWD will have an email with the specific department’s name on it. The email will also state it is an email from Jobs4TN. If TDWLD requests for documentation by email, claimants will submit those documents through a portal branded with the Jobs4TN logo.
Should Tennesseans receive an email from a generic unemployment address, they should not respond and instead delete it immediately.