Prosecutor’s Office, ODJFS warn of ‘additional stimulus benefits’ email scam

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office is warning of a scam email circulating that looks like a notification from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) offering additional stimulus benefits.

ODJFS has issued a warning which urges the public to be cautious about scams that ask for personal information by using text or emails. Officials said they do not communicate to recipients of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) in that manner either.

The Prosecutor’s Office recommends people do the following when suspicious of an email:

  • Hover before you click — Phishers often try to conceal Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) leading to Malware this way.
  • Be suspicious of generic greetings — Any messages addressed generically, especially ones regarding financial transactions, should raise a red flag.
  • Be wary of attachments — Malware-carrying file attachments are still a common tactic for phishers

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