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Office of the Attorney General warns of text message phishing scam targeting Maryland unemployment insurance claimants

BALTIMORE, MD—The Office of the Attorney General is warning residents of a scheme in which fraudsters are impersonating the Maryland Department of Labor, Division of Unemployment Insurance in text messages.

To remain protected from fraud, residents should access the BEACON claimant portal by visiting directly, or by using the MD Unemployment for Claimants mobile app.

Anyone who receives a text message or an email that appears to be from the Maryland Department of Labor should not click on any links in the message. Fraudulent websites that are impersonating the Department of Labor can look very similar to the real website. In the reported message, the fraudulent link began “”

Anyone who believes that their information has been used to fraudulently file an unemployment insurance claim in Maryland should contact the Maryland Department of Labor and complete the Request for Investigation of Unemployment Insurance Fraud form.  The form can be emailed to

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