Pa. officials warn of scam involving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania officials are warning of another scam involving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

The fraudsters are creating Facebook pages that look like the real Department of Labor and Industry Facebook page. The scammers then post on the legitimate page asking people to send their personal and confidential information.

“These scammers might also be reaching out directly to someone who posts or tweets about Pennsylvania’s unemployment programs, falsely identifying themselves as an L&I employee in an attempt to solicit information to help them resolve their issues,” said Jennifer Berrier, acting secretary of the department.

Berrier is asking Pennsylvanians to be vigilant when it comes to protecting their personal information.

“Treat your social security number like your wallet or other personal identifiable information like your wallet. You wouldn’t leave it out where anyone could grab it and steal it,” she said.

The department never contacts claimants over social media and would never ask for a full social security number or unemployment claim number.

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