The Maine Department of Labor is warning that some people are trying to get people’s personal information via text message while pretending to be the Department.

They will usually include links claiming to lead to information about unemployment benefits. The links usually do not end in ‘.gov.’

The Department is asking the public to be careful – it does not conduct business by text, and will never ask for sensitive information via social media or text message.

If someone receives a text message about unemployment benefits, or from someone claiming to be the Department of Labor or Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, it is a scam and should be ignored.