Scammers are using fraudulent text messages to target Pennsylvania recipients of unemployment benefits, according to a warning issued Monday by state Treasurer Stacy Garrity.

The scam includes people collecting normal unemployment benefits (UC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), she said.

The scam works like this: One text message tells recipients inaccurately that their “state-issued ReliaCard account has been temporarily frozen,” Garrity said. Then, it asks recipients to click on a link, to verify their identity and card status.

“If you get a text message like this, do not click on the link,” Garrity said. “This is a scam and nothing but a scam. Criminals have been aggressively targeting unemployment compensation benefits throughout the pandemic and this is the latest attempt to steal money from honest Pennsylvanians.”

According to Garrity, the Pennsylvania Treasury and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry never embed a link in a text message. Any text message that includes a link and claims to be from the Treasury or the Department of Labor and Industry is not authentic and should not be trusted, she said.

According to the treasurer’s office, ReliaCards are issued by U.S. Bank and are prepaid debit cards. They are one method of receiving unemployment benefits in…

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