Important Service Disruption:
Recently there has been an increase in fraudulent attempts where imposters are filing for unemployment benefits using the names and personal information of people who have not filed claims.
All 50 states are reporting an increase in fraudulent unemployment benefit attempts. Threat actors are using stolen credentials to apply for benefits in someone’s name. Victim’s typically have no idea the scam is happening until they receive a notice in the mail from the state unemployment office alerting them of the claim or in some cases a debit card is received in the mail.
Fraudsters are gathering pieces of information on the dark web from numerous data breaches that have occurred over the years. Most states only require a social security number and a date of birth to start an unemployment claim. More than 4,500 data breaches have been made public since 2015. A total of over 816 million individual records have been breached. This information can be sold and used to try and steal identities.
If you are alerted your information was used for a fraudulent claim, follow these simple steps:
a. Note: You may not be able to speak to a live representative due to the influx of calls, but it is still important to notify them via their website or an automated hotline. The full list of agencies in NBT Bank’s footprint are located below.