In the US, fraudsters stole hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits

The criminals took advantage of the heavy workload of American officials in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

In the United States, there is an organized group of scammers who have been able to steal hundreds of millions of dollars by falsifying applications for unemployment benefits in seven states of the country.

It is reported by The New York Times with reference to the US Secret Service and representatives of local authorities.

The material says that the criminals, taking advantage of the heavy workload of American officials in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, filed requests for unemployment benefits on behalf of employed people.

It is reported that personal data, including addresses, phone numbers, social security card, and bank card numbers, were stolen by hackers and overbought before the outbreak. Funds were transferred to bank accounts indicated in fake grant requests.

The authorities in Washington, where the attackers also acted, only recently noticed this after ordinary citizens began to call the authorities asking why they received an e-mail confirmation of the accrual of benefits, which they do not need.

The publication says that there was probably a Nigerian criminal gang. Special agent of the US Secret Service Roy Dotson confirmed to the American publication that such an investigation is really ongoing, but the perpetrators have not yet been found.

The US Department of Labor previously stated that in April the country’s unemployment rate rose to a record 14.7%.