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A significant amount of the fraudulent benefits “have used PII from first responders, government personnel and school employees.” (Credit: Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock.com)

A memo from the U.S. Secret Service says a Nigerian crime ring has launched a sophisticated attack on a number of state unemployment insurance programs, exploiting weaknesses in the system in order to steal millions of dollars earmarked for helping jobless U.S. citizens during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Related: Another 6.6 million file for unemployment, straining U.S. safety net

Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.

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