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Unemployment Compensation Scams.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers are taking advantage of the Governments remote (over the Internet) processing of unemployment claims. This is giving scammers a window of opportunity to steel your identity and apply for unemployment without the face to face verifications. It appears, by the volume of calls, 4 to 5 a day, that unemployment identity theft, has been adopted thousands of scammers. If you are a victim of this fraud, make a report to the local law enforcement agency and file a report with the Arkansas Department of Work Services. Their website is: http://dws.arkansas.gov . You may also wish to file an identity theft report with the Federal Trade Commission. Since this is a nation-wide fraud, they will have the resources to go after these individuals. But they will also provide you with a recovery plan after you have submitted the report. The Recovery plan has valuable information for what steps you need to take next. There website is: https://www.identitytheft.gov/?utm_source=takeaction .