The Alabama Department of Labor is warning individuals who receive unemployment benefits to beware those trying to commit fraud and to keep their personal information safe.

According to ADOL, unemployment compensation fraud has increased “significantly” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The problem exists nationwide.

“During these trying and unprecedented times, we are advising all citizens that there are always individuals who are trying to run afoul of the law and cheat the system,” said Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “Regardless of whether you may have filed a claim or not, please be vigilant about monitoring your personal and financial information and to notify us of any issues.”

According to ADOL, one potential scam is people offering to speed up progress on an unemployment claim or to be able to secure more money — for payment. Legitimate services through ADOL are free.

Anyone who believes their personal information was used to commit unemployment compensation claim fraud can visit labor.alabama.gov/Fraud/ to report it online through ADOL's new fraud portal.

Those submitting reports of potential fraud are advised to also contact local law enforcement to file a police report.

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