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WPD Warns Of Unemployment Benefits Scam

by Andrew Moore - July 28, 2021

On Wednesday, July 28 Chief of Police for the Wellsboro Police Department, Jim Bodine, made a public service announcement to the community concerning an unemployment benefits scam circulating our region. The scam involves unemployment claims being made on a person’s behalf without their consent, with checks and debit cards being sent to the recipients via mail.

“The very first thing you should do is don’t do anything with them [unemployment benefits checks and debit cards],” said Chief Bodine. “Go the unemployment compensation website…and navigate to the bottom where it says ‘report unemployment fraud.’ Right there is a wealth of information of what you need to do with those checks or those debit cards to return them in a manner to which thZey can still do an investigation on them.”

Once a report is filled out, Chief Bodine also recommends reviewing and monitoring your credit reports. “Everybody is allowed a free credit report every year through government websites. Take a look at that and make sure there are no anomalies,” said Chief Bodine.

Victims of this scam have also been requested to please report it to the Wellsboro Police Department. They will draft a simple report and give you an incident number. You can contact them via telephone at (570) 724-4400. Their offices are located at 28 Crafton Street in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

Credits:

Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Andrew Moore
Anchor: Rhonda Pearson
Guest(s): Chief Jim Bodine

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