ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), urges New Mexicans to be aware of fraudsters seeking to exploit COVID-19 by taking advantage of vulnerable New Mexicans, particularly non-English speakers in the Refugee and Vietnamese communities, but can also impact Hispanic, and Native American communities.
“Many of the individuals we’re helping are filing for unemployment insurance for the very first time,” said New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley. “Please be cautious of scammers trying to take advantage of the situation.”
Things to be looking out for:
There is no fee to file for unemployment compensation. NMDWS will never ask for a debit card or other method of payment in order to process a claim. If you get a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a representative of NMDWS, do not give any information to the caller or send money.
Some websites may advertise they can assist claimants in filing for unemployment benefits. These sites may offer services free of charge and others do charge for services. The sites often ask for confidential/private information such as your Social Security number, address, work history, and email address.
NMDWS does not pay claimants to take surveys. If you receive an email requesting you complete on online survey that appears to be from the State, do not complete the survey. This is likely an attempt to get your personal information.
New Mexicans concerned about potential instances of fraud, waste, and abuse should contact the Office of the State Auditor.