State police warn of unemployment benefits text scam

Indiana State Police detectives are warning about a potential scam in which text messages purporting to be from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development indicate the recipient has unclaimed money from the state.

The message gives instructions to click a link, which then takes the recipient to a webpage asking for personal and confidential information.

ISP said Indiana Department of Workforce Development will not send a text or email message asking individuals to click a link to receive benefits or any type of payment. Clicking on the link and providing personal information will give fraudsters the ability to access personal accounts or sell personal information on the dark web.

ISP urged recipients of any such text to report unemployment fraud to

A reputable resource to research potential scams, or cross check a suspicious message you have received can be found on the Better Business Bureau’s website:

State police reminded Hoosiers that the easiest way to protect yourself from being scammed by text or by email is to ignore and delete unsolicited requests for information from unknown senders. Never provide any information to an unknown sender about your personal identity, Social Security number, bank account(s), or credit card number(s). Be extra cautious about clicking any links sent to you by an unknown person.