FBI warns of fraudulent unemployment claims

US law enforcement body, the FBI, says it has seen a spike in unemployment insurance claims using stolen personally identifiable information (PII).

Methods utilised by criminals include online purchase of stolen PIIs, previous data breaches, computer intrusions, cold-calling victims in impersonation scams, phishing, physical theft of data, and from public websites and social media accounts.

Many victims are unaware they have been targeted until they try to file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits; receive a notification from their state’s unemployment insurance agency; receive a form showing the benefits collected from unemployment insurance; or are notified by their employer that a claim has been filed while they are still employed.

The FBI, which has listed ways people can protect themselves, urges anyone who believes they have become a victim of identity theft to report the matter to the authorities.


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