HARRISBURG – The PA Department of Labor & Industry, State Police, and the Department of Banking and Securities reminded Pennsylvanians to be vigilant of unemployment compensation fraud. In PA and nationwide, fraudsters have been applying for unemployment benefits using stolen identities obtained in data breaches that occurred outside of state government. The state Labor Department utilizes numerous fraud-detection measures, including vendor ID.me, to verify the identities of all new unemployment applicants. Since the new benefits system went live June 8, they have prevented approximately $1 billion in state and federal dollars from being paid out to fraudsters. Visit uc.pa.gov and click onfraud to learn the warning signs of unemployment benefits fraud, how to report it, and the steps you should take if you become a victim.