ALERT: Phishing Scam Targets Unemployment Insurance Claimants in Texts

The Office of the Attorney General has been made aware of a scheme in which fraudsters are impersonating the Maryland Department of Labor, Division of Unemployment Insurance in text messages.

According to the Consumer Alert issued by the Attorney General’s office:

To protect yourself from fraud, access your BEACON claimant portal by typing the following web address into your browser, or use the MD Unemployment for Claimants mobile app. If you receive text message, or an email, that appears to be from the Maryland Department of Labor, DO 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 “”

If you believe that your information has been used to fraudulently file an unemployment insurance claim in Maryland, you must contact the Maryland Department of Labor. Complete the Request for Investigation of Unemployment Insurance Fraud form and email it to

Read about other ways to protect yourself from scams, fraud, and identity theft.
View the Consumer Alert.