State Urging Residents to be Aware of Unemployment Scam

HYANNIS – The state is warning about stolen personal information from earlier commercial data breaches being used to file large amounts of illegitimate unemployment claims through the Massachusetts unemployment system.

Officials said it’s part of a national unemployment fraud scheme.

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance continues to implement additional identity verification measures that may temporarily delay the payment time-frame for some unemployment claims in the state.

The department has partnered with the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Corrections, and the National Guard on this identity verification effort

“Protecting the integrity of the unemployment system and ensuring benefits are only going to valid claimants is the top priority of the department of unemployment assistance,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta.

“It is unfortunate that because of this criminal activity, people who really need our support may face delays in receiving the benefits they need. We will continue to work with our state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as our dedicated constituent service personnel, to ensure that those with valid unemployment claims receive financial assistance during these difficult times.”

Individuals who believe a false unemployment claim has been filed in their name are urged to utilize the department of unemployment assistance fraud contact form here or to call the DUA customer service department at 877 626 6800.

About Luke Leitner

Luke Leitner grew up in Watertown Massachusetts and now lives in West Yarmouth on the Cape. He has been a part of the news team in the News Center since the spring of 2019. He studied business communications at Western New England University.
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