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Local Authorities Say There's A New Scam We Need To Be Aware Of

Thu 4-15-2021

(Jackson, Mn.)-- Scammers are now using stolen identity information, which they can obtain when bigger stores have a data breach that involve millions of people, to try to cash in on the extra unemployment benefits that are part of the COVD-19 crisis. Jackson County Sheriff Shawn Haken says this scam is different from others...Haken01 

"This one is different though because they've obtained your information. They've got it, and they've used your name, your address and what not to apply for unemployment, basically because of all the CARES money that is still floating around."

Sheriff Haken says they want to know if people in the area are receiving scams...Haken02 

"We do like to know what types of scams are in the area because they do kind of seem to go in phases or trends. We'll go for a week or two with a certain type of a scam call being placed in our area. Yeah, we'd definitely like to know. We do like to know what the scams are in the area because they do just seem to kind of go in phases or trends where we'll go for a week or two with a certain type of a scam call being placed in our area. So yeah, we definitely would like to know." 

Sheriff Haken says if you receive a letter about qualifying for unemployment benefits and you know you did not apply for benefits, you or your employer should file a report with the MN Unemployment Insurance website using their online fraud form, monitor your credit cards and credit report, alert your bank so they can monitor your accounts, consider changing passwords on your email, banking and other personal accounts and report it to your local Sheriff’s office or Police Department.

(Courtesy Kari Brolsma of Community First Broadcasting station KKOJ in Jackson, Mn.)