There have been numerous reports of people getting letters in the mail containing information about unemployment benefits they did not apply for. Did this happen to you recently? It did to me.

I received a letter asking me to verify my personal information and the amount of money I would be getting each week/month. It is scary because I have no idea how they got my information. The only thing that was not correct was my home address.

After doing some research and mentioning this on the air, I filled out a fraud form on the Department of Labor website and reached out to local law enforcement jut to cover all the bases. I certainly don't want to be charged taxes on money I never got and I also don't want to be part of the fraud that seems to be running wild with the current pandemic.

Click the button below to be directed to the NYS Labor Fraud website and fill out the pertinent information if you have also been a victim of this fraud.

It brings back the ongoing fears of identity theft and fraud that we all have read and heard about. You probably never expect it would be you on the wrong end of it. But in reality,  with as much online stuff we do these days, it may just be a matter of time before we are victims.

I am hopeful that I was able to catch this and not just toss the letters that arrived in the mail. It looked a little too legit to be junk mail and as it turns out, it was. Thankfully, the NYS Department of Labor responded quickly to my claim on the site above and it appears as though there will be no unemployment benefits paid at this time.

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