Think twice, ask a family member or a friend, call the police — these are the best ways to take action to avoid being scammed via phone call, text message or email, but while most types of scams have been at a consistent level, the biggest new perpetrator of scams, fraud and identity theft during the COVID-19 pandemic has actually been fraudulent unemployment  claims, according to Scarsdale Police Capt. John Murphy.

“What we’ve been getting a lot of lately is unemployment insurance being applied for in a person’s name,” Murphy said. “With that we will take a report and that person would report it to the New York State Department of Labor. The department of labor does the investigation on that.”

Though their personal data has certainly been violated somehow, the silver lining is that with…

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