Unemployment Insurance claimants should beware of emails or text messages asking them to disclose personal information, such as their Social Security Number, Debit Card and PIN number. This is a clear mark of fraud. No reputable company or financial institution will contact you unexpectedly and ask you to divulge any personal information, including account and PIN numbers. If you believe your Debit Card has been compromised, please call the number on the back of the card. For more information on telemarketing fraud, and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim, visit the Federal Trade Commission's web page entitled Putting Telephone Scams on Hold.
Never reveal your PIN, Debit Card number, bank account number, your Social Security number or other sensitive personal information--be stingy about giving out this information to others unless you have a reason to trust them!
The United States Department of Justice has developed a very informative Web site that deals with identity theft--what you can do to avoid being a victim and what to do if you suspect that you have become one.