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June 24, 2020

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Employees Advised to Watch for Unemployment Fraud and Phone Scams

UW–Madison has become aware of several attempts to obtain employee information through phone scams, as well as fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits using stolen employee information. In a phone scam, someone claiming to be from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) calls and asks for the employee’s Social Security number. The DWD will never contact claimants by phone to request personal or financial information.

In a fraud attempt, someone applies for unemployment benefits using stolen employee information. If you learn that someone is using your identity to collect unemployment benefits, report this immediately to the DWD at dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui/fraud/report.htm or call the Fraud Hotline at 800-909-9472. You should also file a police report for identity theft.

UW–Madison is tracking unemployment phone scams and fraud attempts. If you experience any of these problems, please send an email to unemploymentbenefits@ohr.wisc.edu or speak with your human resources representative. For language assistance, call Cultural Linguistic Services at 608-265-2257.
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Antivirus Solutions to Replace Symantec

The UW–Madison license for Symantec Antivirus will end on June 24 for students and July 31 for faculty and staff. University-owned devices (including Windows and macOS) should be running Cisco AMP, the university’s centrally managed endpoint security software. Your IT administrator will handle the removal and update to the new Cisco AMP tool. If you have downloaded and installed Symantec Antivirus on your personal device, you must remove it before June 24 (for students) or July 31 (for faculty/staff). The Office of Cybersecurity has recommended antivirus solutions for personally owned devices.
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Round One Parking Application Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for parking permits for parking year 2020–21 (Sept. 1, 2020–Aug. 31, 2021) has been extended. The first application period (“round one”) is now open until June 26. UW–Madison employees who have already submitted their parking permit applications can make changes to their application, if desired. Additional information is available at transportation.wisc.edu.
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