Unemployment Scams During the Outbreak of COVID-19 

Unemployment Scams During the Outbreak of COVID-19

Japan has just declared a state of emergency across the country, and the number of unemployed in the United States has surged by more than 5 million. In addition, nearly 2.1 million people have been diagnosed globally, and 640,000 people have been diagnosed in the United States. Affected by the epidemic, it took the United States only four weeks to wipe out almost all employment growth in the past 11 years. Data from the US Department of Labor show that the number of newly unemployed people in the United States exceeded 5.2 million last week, slightly higher than the previous forecast for an increase of 5 million. It is estimated at 5.5 million people, with a previous value of 6.606 million. This brings the total number of unemployed to about 22 million in the last four weeks. At the same time, this shows that since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, all new jobs created since the financial crisis have been erased. 

In this case, those people who lost their jobs and are seeking unemployment benefits to ease the financial pressure become the victim of an unemployment scam. As people are having urgent financial needs, scammers contact them by phone and email and pretend to be able to help. In fact, they are trying to steal victims’ money and collect victims’ personal information. Scammers utilize different kinds of scams to trap people:  

  • Phishing email scams: The fraudulent email claims that you must provide certain personal information to either file or complete your unemployment-insurance claim. 
  • Debit and direct deposit card scams: It focuses on how some states deliver unemployment benefits through these methods of payment. 
  • Fake phone call scams: The message may say the applicant’s unemployment benefits account has been suspended and the applicant must reactivate the account by calling a number. 
  • Jobseeker scams: Scammers contact you by phone and email to trick you into believing they have a job for you. Their real goal is to collect your personal information or get money from you. 
  • Fake website scams: Fraudulent sites have popped up claiming they will help you file your unemployment-insurance claim and collect your benefits. 

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