UC Fraud Reporting to NLCRPD Continues to trend upwards

Incident #: 2107010509
Type: FRAUD-NOT IN PROG
Time Received: 07/09/2021 14:35:10
Status: COMPLETE
Service: POLICE
Sector: L86 SECTOR 31 PENN TWP P868
Primary Agency: NORTHERN LANCASTER COUNTY REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Responsible Unit: P86-8
Location: THRUSH DR
Municipality: PENN TOWNSHIP
Cross Streets: MALLARD DR/MALLARD DR
Latitude: 40.1819906315751
Longitude: -76.3846624782576

Incident #: 2107010513
Type: FRAUD-NOT IN PROG
Time Received: 07/09/2021 14:38:00
Status: COMPLETE
Service: POLICE
Sector: L86 SECTOR 21 CLAY TWP P869
Primary Agency: NORTHERN LANCASTER COUNTY REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Responsible Unit: P86-9
Location: SUN VALLEY RD
Municipality: CLAY TOWNSHIP
Cross Streets: LINDA LN/PENNSYLVANIA TPKE
Latitude: 40.2377052098862
Longitude: -76.2551522831796

Incident #: 2107010189
Type: FRAUD-NOT IN PROG
Time Received: 07/09/2021 10:15:22
Service: POLICE
Sector: L86 SECTOR 22 CLAY TWP P869
Originated By: MANUAL
Primary Agency: NORTHERN LANCASTER COUNTY REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Responsible Unit: P86-5
Location: W GIRL SCOUT RD
Municipality: CLAY TOWNSHIP
Cross Streets: STONY LN/MUNICIPAL LINE
Latitude: 40.2547882211225
Longitude: -76.2235909314752

The reports keep coming in to the NLCRPD on a problem affecting many residents victimized by distribution of employment data. In the past two weeks the NLCRPD has received a continuing and escalating series of series of reports from all municipalities across the NLCRPD Primary Jurisdiction concerning individuals who have had been victimized by compromised use of their personal identifiers to register for unemployment benefits. NLCRPD is investigating a report of identity theft in connection with the filing of unemployment compensation claim utilizing the identifiers of the reporting party. The caller reported the event to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry as well as the Human Resources Department of their past employer. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry also advised the reporting party to contact their local police services provider for the filing of a report.

NLCRPD provided the caller with the requisite warnings for monitoring of personal accounts, credit cards, and other billings for unauthorized transactions. In the contact with the NLCRPD patrol officer the caller was also provided with the incident reporting number to facilitate any resultant communications concerning this incident.

According to the information posted on the webpage for the Department of Labor and Industry the following paragraphs provide insight to the problem. The Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) security vendor ID.me has identified additional phishing attempts and fraud scams leveraging social media, text messaging, and email to lure unsuspecting individuals into providing personal information so that the scammers can claim their identity. The most recent scams include but are not limited to telling individuals they’ve won contests, won a cash prize, being eligible for monetary award for applying for benefits or offering an alternative or “faster” application or mobile app to apply for regular unemployment or PUA benefits. This is just the latest of attempts from scammers to use personal information to apply for benefits, like the large fraud attempt in June in which L&I mailed the Notice of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claim Filed to all claimants in the PUA system to provide further guidance if they did not submit a PUA application. This guidance still applies if you believe you have been targeted in the latest phishing attempts or scams. If you were a victim of ID Theft, it is very important to report the PUA fraud activity to the Department and return the money. Doing so will remove these fraudulent payments from being reported as income on the end of the year 1099G distribution.