Nick McWilliams reporting – With pandemic unemployment benefits enacted through mid-March, issues related to scammers continue, according to a release from Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services.

The system which handles unemployment assistance closed on December 27th, with updates entered for approval of additional benefits, which will be distributed starting this week.

All benefits will be retroactive to the date of filing, including the additional $300 supplement for up to 11 weeks.

According to a release from TCJFS, an increasing number of fraud complaints have been issued, with many related to information received by residents who did not file for benefits.

Anyone who feels they have been targeted by a scam or unemployment fraud is asked to contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services at (800) 686-1555, option 1.

Complaint forms can also be filed at www.jfs.ohio.gov/fraud.

The case name, address, and number if applicable from information received will be required when filing a complaint, along with the date residents received the mail.

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