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ASK THE EDD ATTORNEY - CAUTION! BEWARD OF A CURRENT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SCAM!

By Robert S. Schriebman

Our office does not handle unemployment insurance (UI) cases. However, we have been advised of an illegal scheme that can result in the severe consequences of identity theft. We think you should know. The following is an official announcement from the EDD:

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) warns that some unemployment insurance compensation applicants are receiving e-mails purporting to be from the Unemployment Advisory Department with an e-mail address [email protected] The e-mail states that the applicant's initial application for benefits was received, but was not complete. It provides links to continue the unemployment filing process. These e-mails are part of a "phishing" scam. The Unemployment Advisory Board is a fictitious name and is not part of the EDD. The EDD did not send this e-mail and would never request personal identifying information using this method.

The EDD advises that these e-mails are an identity theft scam, and recipients are advised to ignore the e-mail and warned not to click on the links as the website is requesting personal identifying information and credit card information. This scam has also been reported in other states. The EDD reminds applicants that unemployment claims are filed directly through the EDD website, phone, mail, or fax and not through any third-party services.

Details concerning this phishing scam are available on the EDD's website at http://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/phishing_scam_alert.html Announcement, California Employment Development Department, November 25, 2013

Once again, we wish to advise you that our office does not handle unemployment insurance (UI) cases. We do not have anyone we can refer you to. Kindly refrain from calling our office to discuss your UI matters. Thank you.

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An EDD lawyer, Robert Schriebman has a successful practice in the Rolling Hills Estates area of Los Angeles County serving clients throughout California and the United States.

As a trusted EDD attorney, Robert S. Schriebman has successfully dedicated more than 30 years to helping individual taxpayers, business owners, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and tax attorneys navigate the complicated tax systems of the federal and state governments.

Robert Schriebman has written over 20 books including the major manual used nationally by practitioners and the IRS, "IRS Tax Collection Procedures – A Manual for Practitioners" published by Commerce Clearing House and the only 2 books ever published dealing with how California Employment Development Department (EDD) operates. See "California Tax Collection Practice and Procedures" and "California Taxation Practice and Procedure", both published by Commerce Clearing House.