Phishing attempts around unemployment claims 

State cybersecurity experts report recent phishing attempts that use official-looking messages allegedly from the state Employment Security Department to try and acquire employee account credentials. To the left is an example. Click here to view it larger. 

As the state Office of Cybersecurity says: “Phishing emails are increasingly sophisticated and hard to detect. They may appear to be from people or organizations you know and trust. They may even contain information from previous emails threads so that it appears to be part of a continuing conversation.” 

The state warns: 

  • Be suspicious of any emails that urge you to take action and try to create a sense of urgency. 
  • Never click on links or open attachments until you have verified the email is legitimate. 
  • Call the sender by looking up their phone number independently. 
  • Never call a phone number included in a suspicious email or reply to the sender. 

Thank you for your help and cooperation. For help with security questions, technical issues or problems, contact the KCIT Helpdesk or call 206-263-4357 (3-HELP).