The FBI is warning Americans to be careful about where and with whom they share private information after residents of multiple states had unemployment claims filed under their names, authorities said.
Federal investigators said Americans in several states have had their information stolen in a variety of ways — cold-calling victims while using impersonation scams, email phishing schemes, physical theft of data from individuals or third parties, and from public websites and social media accounts, among other methods, according to an FBI news release.
Many people don’t realize their identity has been stolen until they try to file an unemployment claim, or are notified by the government or current employer, the news release said.
Cumberland County has seen a huge increase in unemployment fraud recently, the county’s Department of Public Safety wrote on Facebook.
The FBI said any of the following actions are considered suspicious: