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Fake email being sent to employers on short-time working allowance

The Federal Employment Agency (BA) would like to warn employers about a fraudulent email. The senders want to access personal data.
02 Apr 2020 | Press Release No. 21

Employers and companies around Germany are currently receiving dubious emails from In the email, employers are asked to provide specific information about themselves, their company and their employees to receive short-time working allowance.
The sender does not provide a phone number for enquiries.
Employers should not reply to the email under any circumstances – please delete it immediately.
The email is not being sent by the BA.
The BA does not ask employers to apply for short-time working allowance via email.


Companies can receive more information on applications for short-time working allowance by calling the free central hotline for employers (0800 4 5555 20).

The allowance can only be granted if employers report short-time working arrangements. Employers can report short-time working arrangements by phone or online. The form for reporting reduced working hours and more information on short-time working allowance can be found in the “Short-Time Working Allowance” section of the BA website.