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Macedon woman talks about being victim of unemployment fraud

A local woman recently spoke out about her experience- after finding out that she was the victim of unemployment fraud.

“You can’t get money and you have to pay bills, so what do you do?” Amanda Thomas said to 13WHAM-TV. She lost her job in December and received two months of severance pay.

By mid-February she needed to sign-up for unemployment. However, she learned that after putting in her social security number- there was an issue.

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The state told her she was the victim of unemployment fraud, but there weren’t any answers provided to her on what to do. “I look every day to do more stuff to help myself, but there is only so much you can do,” Thomas pleaded.

Since then, no income, no assistance, and no job. It’s unclear how the Department of Labor will remedy situations like this one, which have been playing out at a greater number since the start of the pandemic.

Experts say the pandemic caused this type of scam to increase dramatically.