Fraudulent jobless claims slow relief to the truly desperate

Source: Tara Siegel Bernard, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

“Fraudsters have been able to hide in the flood of data,” said Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a public interest research group. “It is a perfect storm of identity fraud."

Fraudulent unemployment claims have forced states to dial up their scrutiny and deploy systems that mark potentially suspicious claims. In a memo obtained by The New York Times, the Secret Service suspected a well-organized Nigerian crime ring for the problems in Washington state, and said there was evidence of coordinated attacks in at least six other states: North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Florida.

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