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Identity theft, false unemployment claims on the rise

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Identity theft and false unemployment claims are on the rise, according to the Laredo Police Department.

Authorities are notifying the community to be aware of a surge in false unemployment claims with the Texas Workforce Commission. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, requirements for in-person unemployment benefits were amended to minimize person-to-person contact.

“Criminal organizations have seized the opportunity to make false claims via the Internet using random unsuspecting citizen’s personal information. The personal information is usually obtained through the dark web and large scale institutional security breaches,” LPD said in a statement.

People who find themselves in an identity theft case should have the following items needed to file a police report with LPD:

· State issued identification (driver’s license, identification or passport).


· Social security card.

· Birth certificate.

· Evidence of how personal identifying information is being fraudulently used.

Recommended steps to take in order to further protect yourself from additional fraud include:

· Place an alert, extended fraud alert, or a freeze with all three major credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion and Experian)

· Create an account with the Social Security Administration (forms available in English and Spanish on the LPD App).

· File a report with the Federal Trade Commission website at https://www.identitytheft.gov (forms are available in English and Spanish on the LPD App).

· Fill out an identity affidavit form with the Internal Revenue Service. If your identity was used to work and /or file an income tax return then you should contact the IRS to notify them of the situation: https://www.irs.gov/help/contact-your-local-irs-office.

For more information, call the LPD crimes against property division’s financial crime unit during business hours at 795-2873 or 795-2896.

Source: on 2021-04-01 17:56:15

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