Treasurer Stacy Garrity Warns of Fraud Targeting Unemployed Pennsylvanians

Fraudulent social media accounts try to scam Pennsylvanians

Harrisburg, PA - Treasurer Stacy Garrity is warning Pennsylvanians who are looking for help with state unemployment programs to be cautious and alert for scammers. This comes after fake Facebook accounts posing as the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry were discovered.

“Trying to take advantage of Pennsylvanians in this way is inexcusable. I’ve heard from far too many frustrated people who have become the victims of identity theft, and Treasury is working tirelessly to help in any way we can. But the scammers aren’t resting, either.”

Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Stacy Garrity

Treasury has been working with the Department of Labor and Industry for months to combat fraud across unemployment programs. Across the country, unemployment programs are being targeted by fraudsters.

“We’re taking as many steps as possible to protect and assist Pennsylvanians. But it is vital to remember that you should never share sensitive personal information on social media. And if someone requests your personal information, whether online or off, be sure to verify their identity before sharing anything.”

Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Stacy Garrity

If you suspect you are a victim of unemployment fraud, you should immediately file a report through the Department of Labor and Industry’s website.

As tax season approaches, 1099G tax forms are arriving to those who may be the victims of unemployment fraud or identity theft. If you or someone you know has received a 1099G in error, Treasury has posted new guidance on its website about the next steps you can take.

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