Billions of dollars in unemployment benefits have been stolen due to fraud during the Covid-19 pandemic. Identity theft has been among the most common frauds, according to security experts. Scammers file fraudulent unemployment claims using stolen personal data of individuals who, in fact, didn’t file.
Scammers seem to have been drawn to a relatively high payout per person, especially last Spring and Summer when the federal government paid an extra $600 a week in unemployment. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program was frequently targeted as it allowed recipients to self-attest that they had lost a job.
If you receive a 1099-G federal tax forms for unemployment benefits you didn’t receive, it’s recommended that you reach out to your state’s unemployment agency to report the fraud and request a corrected document.
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