May 4, 2021 Joel Hurst

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Are On The Rise

The FBI warned of a spike in fraudulent unemployment claims back in July, impacting every state in the country, causing some state governments to freeze payments after finding, in some cases, hundreds of thousands of bogus claims worth millions of dollars. By taking advantage of the current high unemployment rates, criminals are able to slip the claims past overwhelmed state workers, cashing in on the likelihood that investigations will take longer in the current climate.

How does RDA protect data?

RDA takes several steps to secure our customer data. Our customers are separated into their own servers; so each client will in fact be on a server dedicated to their needs and more importantly for security, separated from any other clients.

RDA also maintains best practices for communications to the server, in addition to a robust Disaster Recovery platform, which can be read about here. https://rdasystems.com/2021/04/08/disaster-recovery-plan/

Our clients and users can be assured that RDA goes above and beyond when it comes to protecting personal and private data, and will continue to work toward keeping information safe and out of the wrong hands.

What can users do to protect themselves?

Change user passwords on a regular basis. This may seem like a given, but it goes without saying that not everyone does it. Secure passwords that can’t easily be guessed are a necessity in today’s world. Working from home has changed things, and while it may be a more relaxing environment, it is not the time to relax when it comes to your security.

The FBI has a list of helpful tips to protect yourself and your data, as well as more information on fraudulent unemployment claims, at https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-sees-spike-in-fraudulent-unemployment-insurance-claims-filed-using-stolen-identities