Nothing is off the table, especially when these scammers target the most vulnerable. This text was received recently and the first red flag here is that I never filed for unemployment, and even if I did I do not reside in Maryland. Additionally, the link is not even a ".com" nor a ".gov" website address. I have never heard of any insurance outreach using a ".net" extension. Lastly, the area code these scammers use is an area code that resides in Florida (the Miami area). Why would I contact a random number in Florida for a Maryland issue? I urge people to be cautious and careful - this is fraud and impersonation of a critical service offered by the Maryland Department of Labor.
"DoNot-reply Your [STATE] BEACON Unemployment Insurance Claim account is currently on hold verify now by clicking the link [LINK] Or Text 'READY' To Via [PHONE NUMBER]"
Well this was a surprise. I was just thinking last week that I hadn't received any spam text recently - then this was just sent to me. This entire message and attempt makes no sense. What is valuable rest? What is a "tracing number"? Why do I need to "confirm" my address for anything? And why is there no mention of any company? It just states "Package Support". Okay, great - this is the most generic text I received and as such raises red flags immediately.
"Package Tracking: Hi, this is [NAME] from Package Support. Your package with tracing number [NUMBERS] is waiting for you to confirm the shipment address: [LINK]"
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