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State Attorney General warns of unemployment scam

New York State Attorney General's Office

The state attorney general is warning residents of a new scam that uses a victim's personal information to file fraudulent claims for New York unemployment benefits.

An advisory says to beware of calls identifying themselves as from the state Labor Department, regarding unemployment benefits that were not applied for. That brings up the possibility of identity theft.

Victims of unemployment benefits fraud should report incidents to their employer and to the state Labor Department's Unemployment Insurance Program.

If there are other concerns over identity theft related to the coronavirus or for any other reason, individuals can contact the Federal Trade Commission. They should monitor their credit report for unusual activity.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.