Michigan unemployment officials continue sifting through claims searching for potential fraud.
The state recently suspended hundreds of thousands of unemployment claim accounts.
“Based on the CARES Act there was billions of dollars that was sent out to the states for unemployment payments.This is a perfect storm for scammers.” — Crane Hassold, Agari
Several years ago computers mistakenly flagged thousands of unemployment claims for fraud.
But this time cyber experts say groups operating primarily from West Africa and Nigeria actually are trying to scam Michigan’s unemployment agency.
Cyber intelligence expert Crane Hassold, a threat analyst with the security company Agari, says one particular group code-named “Scattered Canary” has long targeted business employees.
But Hassold tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter Scattered Canary and groups like it are now going after funds designed to help those left unemployed because of the coronavirus pandemic.