In a Press Release by the Better Business Bureau, the Virginia Employment Commission has issued a warning on their website that some customers have had their banking information changed without their permission. This warning comes after several customers have reported this error to the Commission stating their bank account information is incorrect. The VEC is investigating these reports and notifying victims by mail of unemployment claim fraud. If you have received one of these letters, you might be the victim of identity theft through a fraudulent unemployment claim. Also, due to the investigation and information verification, the claims filing website of the agency has limited some functionality until further notice. The way these thieves are working this scam is you receive a phone call from a person impersonating a government agency representative. They request you verify your personal information for your unemployment claim. You could also receive an email and/or text message with a link to an application prompting you to enter in personal data. If you believe you have fell victim to one of these scams, please contact the VEC via their website or call the Fraud Hotline at 800-782-4001.
The full press release is available here.