Cambridge Police report a growing number of complaints from people who have had their personal information - including their social-security numbers - used to create bogus unemployment claims.
Between Friday and Sunday, Cambridge residents reported 14 such cases. This comes atop 25 other reports filed with police between May 27 and June 4.
Fraudsters, many possibly based in Nigeria, are now trading tips on how to take advantage of the pandemic-specific unemployment funds set up by states with federal funding - Massachusetts is not the only state being hit. The one bit of information they don't use is the alleged recipients' bank-account information - for that, they supply their own bank account and routing numbers.
In many cases, the complaints come from people who either did not lose their jobs or who are retired and so never applied for the payments and so are startled to get notification from the state that their payments have started.
Massachusetts form for reporting unemployment insurance fraud.