Ga. Dept. of Labor says scammers are trying to access unemployment benefit system

ATLANTA — Georgia’s Department of Labor is warning some people trying to get their unemployment claims that there may be a delay due to cybersecurity issues.

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Friday, officials put out notice that they’ve found that at least one, if not more scammers have been trying to fraudulently access the state’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits system.

GDOL officials said while the investigation continues, they’ve had to take some claim information change transactions offline to make sure everything is secure.

For anyone impacted by this, the GDOL says they will be sending you an email about what the next steps should be for you during this process. They are trying to let those impacted still request their weekly payments and file a new claim.


The Department of Labor is warning all of their clients to be very cautious of fake websites and social platforms. The department says they’ll reach out via mail, phone calls, email or direct social messages adding that you should look for verified “blue checkmarks” on their social media accounts.

The GDOL wants to remind everyone they will never ask for a copy of your driver’s license or photo of you on a social platform or ask you to e-mail them those documents. They do say those documents if needed, can be uploaded to the secure portal on their website.

Officials also stress that you should never give out your full social security number, PIN, date of birth, passwords or banking information.

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