Wolf Administration speaks on unemployment fraud issue, provides tips for Pennsylvanians

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Police across the commonwealth have been flooded with reports of unemployment fraud, in some cases receiving 14 reports in a single day. But there are ways you can protect yourself.

On Wednesday, members of the Wolf Administration highlighted ways Pennsylvanians can keep their information secure.

“Fraud is an unfortunate byproduct of any disaster, and we are seeing the proof of that during the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier.

According to L&I, there were more than 11,000 data breaches that exposed more than 1.6 billion records in the U.S. over a span of nearly 15 years.

The recent increase in fraud attempts are tied to prior leaks of personal and confidential data, like social security numbers, from sources outside of state government,” Sarah DeSantis, Press Secretary, Department of Labor & Industry Office of Communications said previously.

According to a previous report from abc27 News, here’s what you should do if your information has been used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim:

Additionally, Anyone can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities with questions or complaints about a financial transaction, company, or product at 1-800-PA-BANKS or using the online complaint form.

Earlier in the month, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announced an extension on its partnership with virtual identity verification vendor ID.me to help with reducing fraudulent unemployment claims.

The department originally teamed up with ID.me in September after several reports of fraud were detected in their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. You can read more about that initiative here.

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier will be joined by Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Bureau of Criminal Investigation Director Major Jeremy Richard, and Department of Banking and Securities Deputy Secretary for Financial Services Tim Arthun

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