Email Scam Alert - Unemployment Benefits
Louisiana applicants for unemployment benefits should only use the official website, www.louisianaworks.net or www.laworks.net, developed and controlled by the State of Louisiana, for conducting unemployment insurance claim or employer business.
Recently, a Louisiana applicant for unemployment benefits received an email from a website claiming to be the Unemployment Advisory Department. This site and its affiliates use addresses including “firstname.lastname@example.org,” “unemploymentdirect.com” or “unemployment-assist.com.”
This is an identity theft scam, and it has been reported in other states as well. Emails related to this scam may request documents and information from an applicant and claim that an application is at risk of being denied, or the email may indicate that an initial application was received but not completed and provide links to continue the unemployment filing process.
Louisiana applicants are strongly urged not to register at these sites and to ignore any emails they may receive with any extensions of the addresses above. These are not websites endorsed by the Louisiana Workforce Commission or the Federal government.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission does not request personal identifying information via email, and there are no fees associated with filing for unemployment benefits.
If you believe your identity has been compromised, please contact local law enforcement and take steps to protect your identity.