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Labor Dept. stops nearly 3,800 fake unemployment claims

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 19:35:45-04

TULSA, Okla. — Nearly 3,800 fake unemployment insurance claims are stopped in its tracks.

The U.S. Department of Labor blocked the fake claims, which included 1,300 filed from a range of IP addresses in London, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Officials say the partnership with the Department of Labor and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission saved the state nearly $16 million.

Where there is crisis, criminals see opportunity. Fraudsters won’t hesitate to fill their pockets with money intended for hard working Oklahomans who have lost their jobs during this current health crisis. My Coronavirus Anti-Fraud Team will continue to partner with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Department of Labor, and local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement to investigate and shut down these unscrupulous networks.
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores

READ MORE: Unemployment fraud claims hurt Oklahoma businesses

If you get a notice of benefits in your name and it's fraudulent, scan and save the document and debit card, fill out a complaint form and order a free credit report.

Experts say you might even consider freezing your credit.

To learn more about COVID-19 scams, visit the Justice Department’s website or the Oklahoma Attorney General’s website.

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