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NEW BANK SCAM (6/2/2020)

I just received this from a follower.  Her company received this from their credit union so I thought I would share it here.

Unemployment Scams

Several reports of a large-scale fraud scheme against state unemployment insurance programs have surfaced. The primary states targeted so far are Washington, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Florida. However it is possible all states are affected. Scammers are making deposits from these state unemployment insurance funds to accounts across the country. The names on the deposits often do not match the names of the account owners the funds are being deposited to. Scammers then attempt to trick account holders into sending the funds to the scammer in the form of a gift card or prepaid debit card.

Here are two ways these fraudsters will try to trick you.

They will contact you about receiving money for your business as part of the Cares Act. Once the funds are in your account, they will ask you to send some of it back to them in the form of money orders, gift cards or prepaid debit cards.

They will deposit funds directly into your account. Scammers will contact you stating you received these unemployment benefits as a mistake and request that you send the funds back to them in the form of money orders, gift cards or prepaid debit cards.

In order to protect our members from becoming victims of this scheme, we are monitoring deposits to accounts where the name on the deposit and the name(s) on the account do not match. If you notice a deposit to your account that you were not expecting, please contact us immediately.

As a reminder - The vast majority of people who request payment by way of gift card or prepaid debit card are not legitimate.

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