BALTIMORE, MD (December 14, 2011) – The Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment
Insurance (DLLR-UI) warns unemployed Marylanders against the risks of sharing information with independent
websites claiming to provide help filing for unemployment insurance benefits. Organizations like the
Unemployment Benefits, LLC (www.unemploymentapply.com) are targeting claimants and may collect vital personal
information, putting individuals at risk for identity theft.
The only way to apply for unemployment insurance in Maryland is directly through
DLLR-UI, either on the
State’s unemployment insurance website
or www.mdunemployment.com) or by calling the Unemployment
Insurance office (410.949.0022 or 800.827.4839). DLLR-UI does not require payment of any kind to file a
claim and will never ask a claimant for credit card information.
“It is a shame that anyone would make false promises to individuals who are counting on a secure safety net
during this challenging national economic downturn. Individuals filing for unemployment insurance benefits must
file their claims directly with the Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance. There is
no independent website or organization that can file a claim on your behalf,” said Department of Labor Assistant
Secretary for Unemployment Insurance Julie Ellen Squire. “We urge all Marylanders to use caution when providing
personal information online. Those Marylanders who think they have filed a claim with an independent organization
should contact our office and take the appropriate precautions to guard against identity theft.”
Claimants who have given personal information to the Unemployment
Benefits, LLC or other independent
organizations should contact DLLR-UI and file an unemployment insurance benefits claim with the state. The
Division also advises those individuals to have their computer cleaned for malware and sign up with a credit
monitoring service to protect their vital personal information.
DLLR-UI has advised the Consumer Protection
Division of the potential fraud committed by Unemployment Benefits, LLC and will pursue possible legal action.
Marylanders who think their personal information may have fallen into the wrong hands can call the
Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 410-528-8662 or 888-743-0023.
The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects
and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting
consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving
workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland’s dynamic
economy. Follow DLLR on Twitter
(@MD_DLLR) and Facebook.