CONSUMER ALERT: Unemployment Insurance Online Scam
December 21, 2011
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies has notified Rhode Island and other states that a web site, http://www.unemployment-extension.org/, is falsely announcing the renewal of unemployment insurance extended benefits and attempting to collect the personal information of claimants. The detailed web site—which is NOT affiliated with the RI Department of Labor and Training or U.S. Department of Labor—features write-ups on unemployment insurance programs and an interactive map of the states.
Unemployment Insurance claimants are advised NOT to enter personal information on this site. The only bona fide web site for filing an unemployment insurance claim in Rhode Island is the RI Department of Labor and Training web site, http://www.dlt.ri.gov. Those choosing the “file a claim” option from the bona fide departmental web site will be redirected to a separate secure site whose web address begins with “https:”.
ABOUT DLT: The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov.