The Swatara Township Police Department wants to inform the public about a recent unemployment benefit scam that has taken place in the area. Several residents said they had received information that they had filed for this compensation, when in fact they had not. If you believe you have been the victim of unemployment benefit fraud, please report it to your local police department. See below for more information.
The following information was taken from the official government website of the Office of Unemployment Compensation. Visit their website for more information and to report fraud:
What is unemployment benefit fraud?
The scammers behind the fraud appear to be using Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to apply for and receive unemployment benefits. In many situations, victims are unaware that their personal information has been compromised.
The following are warning signs of possible unemployment benefit scams:
For workers – Receive any type of correspondence indicating that you have filed an unemployment claim but have not filed a claim for benefits.
For Employers – If you notice that a complaint has been filed for one or more of your employees who are still working.
What should I do if I am a victim?
If you have been the victim of identity theft, it is very important to report the fraudulent activity to the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) and return the money. This will remove these fraudulent payments from the tax return at the end of the 1099G distribution.
Unemployment benefit fraud is a very serious matter. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) is committed to preventing, identifying and blocking scams and continues its aggressive efforts to do so, including:
Cross-reference data with other state agencies and across the country to detect fraudulent activity.
Work with the US Department of Labor to prevent and detect fraudulent activity related to unified communications.
We encourage Pennsylvanians to remain vigilant and report any fraud or potential fraud issues to L&I and their local police department. Cashing checks or using funds deposited directly with the knowledge that you have not applied for Unemployment Assistance, or any other UC program may be considered fraud and a refund will be required.
For more information, click here be redirected to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Labor and Industry.