Almost half of all unemployment payments in the U.S. during the pandemic coronavirus fell into the hands of fraudsters. This was reported by the news portal Axios, citing a company that specializes in the protection of personal data.
It is noted that up to 50 percent of payments could have been stolen using fake applications for benefits, which used stolen personal data of the Americans, writes TASS. We are talking about the sum of $400 billion. The U.S. Treasury Department would not comment on this information.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission previously said that in 2020 it received more than 394,000 complaints from citizens that their personal information had been used by third parties to obtain unemployment payments. The increase from 2019 was nearly three thousand percent.
According to the portal, U.S. authorities understood the possibility of fraudulent payments but felt it was more important to provide money to those in need.