UnemploymentBenefitsGuide.com is a one-stop resource for state-by-state benefits, although it is not government-approved and may be a target for scams.
GREENSBORO, NC – One-Click Unemployment Help? This sounds suspicious but certainly tempting, since unemployment offices are synonymous with long waiting times and bulky claims.
From 14% to 3%, the unemployment rate in the United States has improved significantly since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, forced layoffs and furloughs.
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However, with the uncertainty of a recession and unsustainable inflation, quick and easy access to unemployment information could make the difference in paying a bill.
Joel Boisette took to Twitter asking, “Can you please VERIFY if UnemploymentBenefitsGuide.com is a legit website? They send me all kinds of emails.”
Yes, UnemploymentBenefits.com is a real website – a state-by-state information resource.
“UnemploymentBenefitsGuide.com is a legitimate website in that it is a directory of resources provided by the state and federal government, and it clearly states on the home page of its website that it is in no way affiliated with, endorsed or sponsored by the federal government or any other government agency or private entity providing similar benefits,” explained BBB Communications Representative Lechelle Yates.
Scroll down to the “how to apply” section and the user will find the states in alphabetical order. Selecting North Carolina, for example, the user will see who is eligible for unemployment insurance and find a link to the real North Carolina Department of Commerce website. The URL ends in “.gov”, as all government websites do, and the lock icon indicates that it is a secure site.
The process takes several steps, and Yates pointed out that spammers have a knack for creating fake links. So, she suggested googling “unemployment (state)” and going straight to the source.
Regarding the emails Boisette said he received from the website, Yates claimed they were also likely legitimate.
“The website indicates that you will receive marketing messages from it and its advertisers via email, phone and/or SMS, but the website does not tell you the names of the advertisers. So without knowing who these advertisers are , I can’t tell if these are legitimate companies selling legitimate products,” Yates explained.
If a user does not wish to receive unsolicited emails, click “Unsubscribe” in the email or at the bottom of the website. If that doesn’t work, unfortunately, the options are slim. The website, as Yates noted, has no contact information listed. That’s why, she stressed again, it’s best to go directly to the state’s Department of Commerce website for information and applications for unemployment benefits.
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