Washington’s unemployment system sees spike in impostors

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials say they will be holding all unemployment benefit payments for up to two days this week because of an increase in attempted “impostor fraud” applications. Officials say the extra days are needed so they can take additional steps to verify claims. Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine said that there have been no data breaches at the agency, but she said that the recent fraud attempts are cases where someone’s personal information has been previously stolen from other sources _ like during the 2017 Equifax breach _ and is now being used to filed for benefits.