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November 2, 2009
LANSING - The state's Unemployment Insurance Agency is warning of a text-messaging scam intended to obtain personal account information from people receiving unemployment benefits.v
Agency spokesman Norm Isotalo said Monday the UIA fielded four calls in October indicating they received suspicious text messages that urged verification of personal identification numbers (PIN), and insisted users change them and reveal the new ones via a text reply or phone call.
The incidents appear to be random and no funds were stolen, he said.
New York City-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. administers the debit card program for the state. Those who have responded to similar text messages are asked to call their customer service line 1-866-523-2122