Due to Coronavirus pandemic, many people have lost their jobs. So, people look out for unemployment benefits to make their life easy. But hackers took advantage of the situation and started tricking people through unemployment scams. Hence, Webroot team has given information about unemployment scams and to avoid it user must install Webroot in their devices via www.webroot.com/safe. In this blog, you will read about unemployment scams and how to avoid it.
In this scam, hackers send a phishing email to the victim and the email look like it is from a legitimate source. Hackers trick you, so that you share your personally identifiable information like your Social Security number, bank and credit card information etc. so that they can commit crimes like identity theft. Or the emails might contain link and when click on that link malware automatically install in your device and this malware steal your personal information from your device. And may be the email gives you the message of unemployment-insurance claim and you have to provide more information. This show the emails are malicious.
Debit and Direct deposit card scams:
In this, Debit and direct deposit card scams some states provide unemployment benefits. In this hacker asks for your personal information so that you can apply for a card. Or the victim has applied for the card and so the scammers charge you for inactivity.It is advised that you should check the source of a payment-related offer is legitimate. www.webroot.com/safe
Fake phone call scams:
In this, the applicants gets the message on phone that their unemployment benefits account has been suspended and they have to reactivate the account by calling on a number —in which the scammers asks for personal information like debit card numbers and PINs. It is advised that you must remember that the state unemployment-insurance programs will never contact you through phone call, hence this phone call is not legitimate.
In this scammers contact you through call or email and try to trick you in order to collect your personal information or get money from you.
Fake website scams:
Now there are some fake websites who claims that they will help you to file your unemployment-insurance claim so that you can collect your benefits. These sites are fake and their main aim is to collect your personal information for their personal benefit.
Protect Yourself From Unemployment Scams:
It is advised that you should never respond to suspicious emails or text messages.
And also the user should not click on the websites link in the email.
You should look for drive by downloads and it is recommended do not visit to fake websites and always keep your computer software up to date.
It is suggested do not provide your personal information to unofficial websites.
Do not believe on the information provided by unofficial websites. For correct information, visit to the official site.
The user should not provide information over email or text message.
Always keep your Webroot security software up to date.
The above are some of the common unemployment scams. For detail information about Webroot security software, just go to the site via webroot.com/safe.