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Scammers are using COVID-19 outbreak to file false unemployment insurance claims on unsuspecting workers

05/12/2020

The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office has received an increase in Unemployment Insurance Compensation Fraud. Wagoner County Business owners and individuals are receiving letters from State Agencies when an actual claim has not filed for unemployment. Scammers are making unemployment claims for individuals who still have jobs.
 
For those who find themselves a victim of a fraudulent unemployment claim you can take the following steps:
 
• Contact the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office at 918-485-3124 or complete an online report at https://www.wagonercountyso.org/report.
 
• Contact the personnel department at the place of employment so they can file a fraud claim.
 
• Call the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission fraud department at (405) 557-7157 or email at fraud@oesc.state.ok.us.
 
• Contact your banking institution to make them aware of the situation.
 
• Contact the major credit bureaus and check on your personal information. Fraud cases involve your personal information.
 
• No Companies communicate with customers via text message or charge customer fees to use the website or to release claimant debit card numbers to private companies.
 
• Do not give out ANY personal information or credit / debit card numbers if contacted by text messaging, phone call or email. Scammers will lie to get your information.
 
• When checking your emails Never just reply or click on links in suspicious emails. If you do not know the sender of the email personally then treat it as suspicious. Clicking these links will direct you to fraudulent websites.
 
You are also encouraged to contact Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter office at unemploymentcomplaint@oag.ok.gov to report any fraud.
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