The New York State Department of Labor has announced that they have been made aware of an ongoing scam targeting unemployed immigrants. Scammers have been charging victims fees to file claims to collect unemployment insurance benefits.
The Labor Department does not charge individuals to sign up for benefits either on-line or over the phone, and is urging New Yorkers, particularly those in ethnic communities, to be aware of this growing scam.
“The message here is clear: there is no cost to sign up for Unemployment Insurance benefits. If you are told differently, then it’s a scam,” said Governor David A. Paterson.”
The Labor Department’s Bureau of Immigrant Workers’ Rights can help the unemployed, regardless of your immigration status. The Bureau reaches out to immigrants, often in their own neighborhoods. It distributes important Labor Department materials in eleven languages which informs mmigrants of their rights and services provided by the department.
The fastest way to apply for unemployment insurance benefits is to file an application through the Labor Department website at www.labor.ny.gov. Those who do not have internet access should call 1-888-209-8124.
In 2006, immigrants accounted for 2.47 million, or 26% of the workforce in New York State. In New York City, immigrants accounted for 1.76 million or 47% of the workforce.
To contact the Bureau of Immigrant Workers’ Rights call
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