UIA Warns of New Wave of Imposter Claims for Pandemic Unemployment AssistanceMon, 26 Apr 2021 17:24:38 EDT
Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) says, since Friday, April 2nd, Michigan has seen an increase in new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims likely filed by criminals that have been halted for identity verification.
Officials say imposter claims are filed using previously stolen or fraudulent personal information. The expanded benefits available under the federal PUA program have resulted in increased activity among criminals, particularly those posing as self-employed workers or independent contractors to illegally obtain benefits.
Officials say, if you think you are a victim of identity theft, visit Michigan.gov/UIA and click on the “Report Fraud or Identity Theft” tab to alert the Agency.
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