Unemployment benefits scam in Marion

MARION, IL (KFVS) - MARION, IL (KFVS) - People in the Marion area should be extra cautious when applying for an extension on their unemployment benefits.

The Marion Police Department is investigating a bogus website that's targeting people currently receiving unemployment benefits.

The scam came to the attention of the Marion Police Department through the Marion Fire Department.

"Chief Jack Reed called us on June 15 and told us they had been receiving numerous calls from people seeking an extension on their unemployment benefits," said Marion Chief of Police John Eibeck. "The website actually lists the Marion Fire Department not by name, but by address and telephone number."

But the police want to warn everyone who goes online to the website and try's to use it for their unemployment benefits.

"However if you click on any of the links it takes you to a phishing site. That's where they're trying to get personal information such as your name, address, date of birth and social security number. If someone puts that information in they're going to be handing over the keys to their financial kingdom, so to speak," said Chief Eibeck.

So far police have traced the site to Europe. But they're still trying to figure out who owns the site and what their intentions are in offering people unemployment benefits.

"The thing is they're registered with Go Daddy which is a legitimate company. However they mask their identity, which they're legally allowed to do. Now in order to get that information we're probably going to have to get a subpoena and work our way backwards," Chief Eibek said.

The Marion Fire Department is not involved in the Internet scam. And neither is the local Illinois Department of Employment Security in Marion.

The Communication Manager for the Illinois Department of Employment Security Greg Rivara says anyone with any questions about their unemployment benefits should call this number 1-800-244-5631 .

And you will need your Social Security number and or your claimant number issued to them from the State of Illinois.

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