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US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by RuudVanNisteroy: 3:22pm On May 17
The Secret Service is investigating a vast fraud ring of suspected Nigerian hackers who allegedly used bogus unemployment claims to steal hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars intended to help jobless Americans.

The crime ring is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis by flooding overwhelmed state unemployment offices with bogus claims in the names of Americans who are still working, according to a memo reported by Krebs on Security.

The memo, sent to Secret Service field offices on Thursday, said that 'substantial amount of the fraudulent benefits' have used information stolen from 'first responders, government personnel and school employees.'

Washington state, said to be a magnet for bogus claims, has already had to temporarily halt payment of benefits while it sorts through the surge of fraud, leaving jobless Americans in dire financial straits.


State labor departments are being targeted by Nigerian scammers stealing millions in unemployment benefits, the Secret Service warns. A labor office in New York is seen above +4
State labor departments are being targeted by Nigerian scammers stealing millions in unemployment benefits, the Secret Service warns. A labor office in New York is seen above.


Washington's Employment Security Department suspended payments on Thursday to sort through what it calls 'impostor theft' by sophisticated criminals using stolen Social Security numbers and other personal data to access the state's unemployment insurance system.

The state planned to resume benefits payments on Saturday.

It comes as state unemployment offices have been overwhelmed by record-shattering numbers of claims, with more than 35 million people losing their jobs amid the lockdowns intended to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The bogus claims only make it harder for overtaxed state offices to pay out legitimate claims, at a time when many who lost their jobs months ago have yet to see their legitimate claims filled.

'It is assumed the fraud ring behind this possesses a substantial [personal information] database to submit the volume of applications observed thus far,' the Secret Service warned in the memo.

'The primary state targeted so far is Washington, although there is also evidence of attacks in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Florida,' the memo added.

It comes as unemployment claims surge to record highs with millions out of work +4
It comes as unemployment claims surge to record highs with millions out of work

The Treasury Department says unemployment programs delivered $48 billion in payments in April alone (file photo) +4
The Treasury Department says unemployment programs delivered $48 billion in payments in April alone (file photo)

'In the state of Washington, individuals residing out-of-state are receiving multiple ACH deposits from the State of Washington Unemployment Benefits Program, all in different individuals' names with no connection to the account holder,' the notice continues.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle said on Friday that it is working with state authorities to track down and prosecute criminals who are stealing unemployment benefits.

U.S. Attorney Brian Moran is investigating unemployment fraud in Washington state +4
U.S. Attorney Brian Moran is investigating unemployment fraud in Washington state

'Chasing these reprehensible criminals is just one part of the equation,' U.S. Attorney Brian Moran said in a statement.

'The other part is for the state to address and fix the vulnerabilities in their system, and I am advised that they are working to address that part of the problem.'

The Secret Service memo suggests that the suspected Nigerian scammers utilize American 'mules' -- often victims of online romance scams -- to receive direct deposits from the fraudulent transactions and forward the money to the overseas scammers.

The Secret Service was historically part of the Treasury Department, and in addition to protecting the president it is tasked with safeguarding the nation's financial and payment systems.

Bankers in Oklahoma say that they have seen a surge in unemployment claims from Washington sent to suspected mules in their state.

'It's been unbelievable to see the huge number of bogus filings here, and in such large amounts,' Elaine Dodd, executive vice president of the fraud division at the Oklahoma Bankers Association, told Krebs.

'I'm proud of our bankers because they've managed to stop a lot of these transfers, but some are already gone. Most mules seem to have [been involved in] romance scams.'

On Thursday, the federal government reported that nearly three million people filed unemployment claims last week, bringing the total over the last two months to more than 36 million.

The Treasury Department says unemployment programs delivered $48 billion in payments in April alone.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8327065/Secret-Service-investigates-vast-Nigerian-fraudster-ring-stealing-unemployment-benefits.html

Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by obi4eze: 3:23pm On May 17
shocked
Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by RuudVanNisteroy: 3:23pm On May 17
Why do we like to continuously disgrace ourselves before the world and perpetuate the stereotype all Nigerians are scammers.

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by majamajic(m): 3:26pm On May 17
This can't be possible , without the help of America locals

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by EdEdEddy: 3:28pm On May 17
Story, story.


Nigeria, we hail thee.

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by pastie(m): 3:34pm On May 17
The circle continues
Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by aycapri(m): 3:37pm On May 17
To those saying “Nigerians are disgracing ya” Did you see any evidence that the attack was carried out by Nigerian. Pls don’t jump into conclusion

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by Righteousness89(m): 3:39pm On May 17
If this is True, it's a Disgraceful Disgrace!

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by RuudVanNisteroy: 3:48pm On May 17
aycapri:
To those saying “Nigerians are disgracing ya” Did you see any evidence that the attack was carried out by Nigerian. Pls don’t jump into conclusion
Did you read the article "A Nigerian fraud ring"-this was the conclusion after an investigation by the US Secret Service. The same service that caught Invictus Obi.

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by RuudVanNisteroy: 4:58pm On May 17
majamajic:
This can't be possible , without the help of America locals
It is possible without the help of locals. Your social security number is everything in the western world. Once it is stolen and scammers are able to obtain your personal details. They can commit mortgage or social security payment fraud.

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by ugolinze123(m): 5:30pm On May 17
Tax refund guys don dey cash out...must dey always call Nigeria because it's fraud. Americans are the biggest fraud and na them dey steal SSN pass.

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by tellwisdom: 5:35pm On May 17
Delete this nonsense post trying to rubbish Nigerians. Yes, Only Nigerians and no other country does fraud. Useless news to tarnish Nigeria.

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by StrikeBack(m): 5:38pm On May 17
shocked
Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by RuudVanNisteroy: 5:42pm On May 17
tellwisdom:
Delete this nonsense post trying to rubbish Nigerians. Yes, Only Nigerians and no other country does fraud. Useless news to tarnish Nigeria.
We have to stop disgracing ourselves around the world. The article is carried my Daily Mail UK , the most widely read online media platform.

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by scoundrel(f): 6:01pm On May 17
Nigeria Amaka!

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by RuudVanNisteroy: 6:11pm On May 17
scoundrel:
Nigeria Amaka!
Thrash

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by RuudVanNisteroy: 6:17pm On May 17
pastie:
The circle continues
cry
Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by Elslim: 5:43am On May 18
Haaa
Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by Kenydisharp1985: 5:43am On May 18
Abi
Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by jidxin(m): 5:44am On May 18
Wtf is this again
Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by roqrules04(m): 5:44am On May 18
Tax Refund
Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by Lyydia(f): 5:44am On May 18
Dey keep giving us a bad record sad
Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by blackslayer: 5:45am On May 18
some fvckin nigerians....gosh i hate these people..

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by J111333(m): 5:45am On May 18
Nigeria again in the news for evil.
These idiots will not stop until they jeopardize the careers of decent Nigerians living in the States.

To decent Nigerians in the States especially the youths, avoid Nigerian senseless parties and useless events for your own good. sad

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by ThugCheetah(m): 5:46am On May 18
grin
Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by richAgnostic: 5:46am On May 18
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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by Hotzone(m): 5:47am On May 18
Good morning and praise Jehovah for He is good all the time

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Re: US Investigates Nigerian Fraudster Ring For Fake Unemployment Claims by AdemolaA2: 5:48am On May 18
Too bad ...

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