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Police in Northwest Arkansas warn of unemployment fraud

by Tom Sissom | July 25, 2020

FAYETTEVILLE - Area law enforcement agencies are receiving calls from people who say their names and other personal information has been used to make fraudulent unemployment claims.

"We take multiple calls on that every day," Officer Keith Foster, spokesman for the Rogers Police Department, said Friday.

Foster said a check of the departments calls for Thursday showed 12 reports of unemployment fraud.

"Every day before that is going to be about the same," he said.

Foster said this particular scam has become more widespread since the federal government made additional unemployment benefits available in response to the covid-19 pandemic. He said it has become fairly common in Rogers.

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