The Illinois Department of Employment Security continues to monitor new phishing schemes targeting individuals. Bad actors posing as IDES representatives are trying to trick individuals into disclosing their personal information through text, email, and social media messages.

It is critical for claimants and the public to remain vigilant to detect fraudulent correspondence:

  • Follow steps from the FTC to recognize and avoid phishing scams. The examples below include tell-tale signs of a phishing scam, such as referring to the “Division of Employment Security” as opposed to the “Department of Employment Security” and directing to untrustworthy websites.
  • Strengthen and protect account information. Individuals collected unemployment insurance should maintain a strong password that is unique to their IDES login, and never share their personal information with an untrustworthy source. For example, information regarding an individual’s IDES account should never be shared on social media. Additional tips are available on IDES’s fraud webpage.

Phishing sample #1: Text Message

IDES Fraud Phishing One Pager June 2021


Phishing sample #2: Email

IDES Fraud Phishing One Pager June 2021 email


Phishing sample #3 – Facebook

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Additional Resources:

IDES: Fraud and Identity Theft Resources
Federal Trade Commission: How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams
US Department of Justice: Press Release on Unemployment Schemes
USDOL Office of the Inspector General: Unemployment Insurance Phishing Fraud Alert