A significant amount of thefraudulent benefits "have used PII from first responders,government personnel and school employees." (Credit: TeroVesalainen/Shutterstock.com)

A memo from the U.S. Secret Service says a Nigerian crime ringhas launched a sophisticated attack on a number of stateunemployment insurance programs, exploiting weaknesses in thesystem in order to steal millions of dollars earmarked for helpingjobless U.S. citizens during the COVID-19 epidemic.

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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.