The California Employment Development Department (EDD) warned Californians to be on alert for scammers who pretend to be EDD or Bank of America in an attempt to trick people into giving up personal information by text message or telephone. The Department also continued its outreach to remind Californians that federal benefits are scheduled to end September 4, 2021—and a significant reduction in Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) benefits takes effect even earlier on August 8, 2021.
Californians continue to report scam cell-phone text-messages and telephone calls designed to trick unemployment insurance claimants into clicking a link or providing personal information over the telephone.
Information about how to avoid text-message scams is available through the Federal Trade Commission, FBI, and the EDD What You Should Know About Unemployment Scammers fact sheet.
Customers who are unsure whether a text message is…