Beware: unemployment fraud is on the rise [Video]

The Better Business Bureau reports the rise in fraud cases has spiked in large part due to the pandemic

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Better Business Bureau has reported within the past year, the number of people who have reported identity theft has increased dramatically due to the pandemic. 

The BBB's 'Scam Tracker' has been following reports of unemployment fraud closely.

Melanie McGovern is the communication's director for the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York and says the rise in online shopping has made it significantly easier for scammers.

"People are not thinking, they aren't checking other sources, they're just buying things they're putting their credit card in," McGovern says. 

Just ask Erie County District Attorney John Flynn. Flynn found out he was the victim of unemployment fraud after a letter arrived at his home in the mail.

"The letter basically said that in order to process your claim here's what you need to do. I obviously …

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