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Increase in fraudulent filings of Unemployment Compensation claims

The University of Pennsylvania has become aware of recent increases in fraudulent filings of Unemployment Compensation claims. The United States Department of Justice reported earlier this year that the fraudulent activity is the work of international organized criminal groups, who have targeted these funds by using stolen identities to file for Unemployment Compensation. Domestic fraudsters have also been involved in committing Unemployment fraud. If you are a Penn affiliate, and you think you may be the target of such fraud, contact your local police department to file a report. Contact Penn Police and your HR Department if you have any additional questions.

Visit the Department of Justice website for details about such fraud and ways to protect yourself: https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus/national-unemployment-insurance-fraud-task-force

You can further report suspected employment-related fraud to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Information is available at https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/employment-related-identity-theft. 

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