Longietti warns of new scam involving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Fraudulent texts, web forms seek information from PUA claimants

HARRISBURG, April 7 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is warning residents to be aware of a new scam targeting Pennsylvanians who receive benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program.

“Claimants under the state’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program need to remain on the alert for a recent scam,” Longietti said. “Criminals are impersonating Labor and Industry Department staff or officials and asking people to verify their identities via text messages and web forms.

“The scammers are devious, and some requests closely resemble legitimate inquiries. It’s important to remember that the department uses only the ID.me network to verify identity. Any other attempts to solicit information using other methods are fraudulent, and claimants should not respond to them.”

Longietti said claimants should report suspected fraud by calling the PA Fraud Hotline at 1-800-692-7469.