Protect Yourself From Scams

Unfortunately, as the volume of claimants requesting unemployment benefits has increased during the pandemic, so has the number of scammers trying to take advantage of people. Watch out for scams and be careful about who you share personally identifiable information with, especially your Social Security Number and Claimant ID number.

CDLE will never ask for your personal information by text message, social media, or email. Be wary of clicking links that purport to be from CDLE but don’t begin with or


Phishing scams are fraudulent attempts to obtain sensitive information, such as Social Security Numbers, usernames and passwords, credit card numbers, or other personally identifiable information. Oftentimes, phishing scams often take the form of emails, text messages, or social media messages impersonating a trustworthy entity.


CDLE does not require or accept any payment for the submission or processing of unemployment claims. If you receive a message that asks you to pay a fee in order to receive unemployment benefits, you should disregard the message without clicking any links. It’s a scam.

Social Media

Scammers occasionally create fake social media accounts which impersonate CDLE and may contact claimants seeking personal information. CDLE will never ask you for any personally identifiable information via social media. Look for a blue or white verified account check mark next to the page or profile name on the social media. Here’s a list of CDLE’s official social media accounts.