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New unemployment scam reported in Adams County

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QUINCY, IL (WGEM) - The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said residents have been mailed unemployment insurance finding letters in in recent weeks.

The office said the scammers are trying to trick you into falling for the new scam.

Sheriff Rich Wagner said the letter tells residents they are being awarded different amounts of money from Unemployment Insurance Office and includes a debit card that has a balance of funds.

“Once you look into it, it’s a fraudulent debit card. Once you use it or look at it, they’re going to ask you to send some money that they overpaid you. So they’re going to try to get money out of you because you’ve been overpaid. It’s very prominent. We’ve actually had employees here at the courthouse receive these letters," says Adams County Sheriff Rich Wagner.

Sheriff Wagner said if you have not applied for unemployment benefits and you receive a letter like this, it is most likely a scam.

Those who have applied for unemployment should also be wary of these scams and should reach out to the Illinois Department of Employment Security to be sure the letter is legitimate.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said scams have gotten more common in recent years as technology and social media have become more common.

They have also increased since the start of the pandemic because those scammers are targeting those in need of financial assistance.

Sheriff Wagner said the best way to protect against scams is by spreading the word.

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