Local businesses also report suspicious activity - News 11's Crystal Jimenez has a closer look at the story
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Several Yuma business owners tell News 11 they've received a fraudulent unemployment insurance program notice from the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). The notice included their correct social security number, but incorrect personal information.
DES reported seeing a sharp increase in the number of initial unemployment insurance claims filed. The DES website shows a drastic increase starting January 23rd. More recently, the site actually shows a decline in claims.
The agency credits the implementation of identity verification for the dip.
Those who are victims of fraud are urged to file a claim on the DES website.