There is one scam that has been flooding the phone lines for the statewide consumer helpline all throughout the pandemic. Unemployment insurance fraud has skyrocketed over the past year. The experts tell me they believe there have been more than 1.2 million fraudulent unemployment insurance benefit claims filed in Colorado alone.

I have heard from so many of you about this during the pandemic. A lot of times you find out you were the victim of this fraud by getting a 1099 form in the mail that has your name on it from the IRS. Or if you go to file for unemployment, you find out someone else already tried to get benefits in your name.

This week, I’m turning to the Colorado attorney general to talk about the problem and find out what’s being done on the national level.

“So, we have a task force that we set up in our office across our state,” said Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. “We’re looking down every lead with get. So please go to the Department of Labor and Employment, file complaints if you know that someone is trying to scam you or scam your company. We can then pick up those leads and go after people criminally for this wrongdoing.”

I talked with Weiser during our weekly ‘Fraud Friday’ segment. KKTV 11 News is teaming up with AARP Elderwatch and the Attorney General’s Office for the weekly interview that airs during 11…

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