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Debit card scams are latest twist in unemployment claims fraud


A new twist in unemployment benefit fraud is targeting people with legitimate debit cards that are sent through the mail.

At first glance, it's hard to figure out how criminals can benefit from having a bank send a legitimate debit card to your address even though it was not requested. But investigators say it has the signs of a money mule scheme to get you to help launder stolen money.

Tony Novak and his wife recently received two ReliaCard debit cards from U.S. Bank that each displayed a different version of his wife's name. The cards, ready for activation, are alternative payment methods for people who've been approved for unemployment benefits in the state of Colorado.


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