The Sandwich Police Department has received several reports in the past two weeks from residents who said they received an unemployment insurance eligibility letter from the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance. Others reported that they had received a denial letter for unemployment assistance from the same department, although none of them had filed a claim.
From Wednesday, June 3 through June 10, the Sandwich Police were called by 13 residents reporting the scam.
This week there were victims of the scam on Pine Street, Crestview Drive Extension, Triangle Circle, Reflection Drive, Pimlico Pond Road, Grand Oak Road, Nantucket Trail, Jennifer Road, Tupper Road, Route 6A, and Buxus Shores Circle.
The state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development issued a warning about it May 27 that said criminals in possession of stolen personal information from earlier national data breaches have been filing large numbers of illegitimate unemployment claims through the state’s unemployment department. It is part of a national fraud scene, according to the agency.
The state has put in place additional identity verification measures that will temporarily delay payments for many unemployment claims in Massachusetts. Some claimants might be asked to provide additional identifying information.
The state unemployment department along with state and federal agencies advised police that they are investigating multiple cases of fraud. They have referred all letter recipients to contact them at 800-354-9927 or to visit www.mass.gov/dua/fraud to file a fraud claim.