ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!!

Just when you thought the world has reached a level of peak absurdity, the Nigerian scheme makes a grand reappearance.

Washington state officials admitted losing “hundreds of millions of dollars” to an international fraud scheme, originating out of Nigeria, that robbed the state’s unemployment insurance system and could mean even longer delays for thousands of jobless workers still waiting for legitimate benefits.

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As the Seattle Times reported, Suzi LeVine, commissioner of the state Employment Security Department (ESD), disclosed the staggering losses during a news conference Thursday afternoon. LeVine declined to specify how much money was stolen during the scam, which she said appears to be orchestrated out of Nigeria but she conceded that the amount was “orders of magnitude above” the $1.6 million that ESD reported losing to fraudsters in April.

While LeVine said state and law enforcement officials were working to recover as much of the stolen money as possible, she declined to say how much had been returned so far. She also said the ESD had taken “a number of steps” to prevent new fraudulent claims from being filed or paid but would not specify the steps to avoid alerting criminals.

Thursday’s disclosure helped explain the unusual surge in the number of new jobless claims filed last week in Washington, which as we showed this morning was the state with the highest weekly increase in claims.

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It now appears that many of those claims were fictitious and emanated from some computer in Nigeria.

 

The disclosure came as the state was already struggling to process an unprecedented wave of legitimate jobless claims amid one of the worst economic crises in U.S. history. Some additional delays in benefits payments to legitimate claimants are likely as the ESD subjects all claims to more scrutiny.

“This makes me the most angry, and the most upset — that we need to delay payments to Washingtonians who need the benefits,” LeVine said adding that “we need to also build in more time for analysis. So going forward, we want to set expectations that we will add an additional one to two days to our processing time.”

That delay follows a decision last Thursday to temporarily suspend benefit payments for two days. The delay came after the ESD disclosed that it had seen a surge in bogus claims reportedly filed by identity thieves who appeared to be targeting the extra-generous benefits available under federal pandemic relief legislation.

That same day, the Secret Service issued an alert describing Washington as the top target so far of a Nigerian fraud ring “exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to commit large-scale fraud against state unemployment insurance programs.”

It remains unclear how the fraudulent benefit payments made their way all the way to Nigeria.

UnFuckingBelievable.

This would go a long ways towards explain why all of a sudden my unemployment payments have stopped being payed out on Wednesdays. I have yet to get my unemployment check deposited this week even though the claim was filed and has been processed according to their website. It also points a big, wart covered, bony finger at some incompetent motherfuckers working for the State of Washington.

I will most certainly give them props for being massively overworked and under appreciated and for doing their best to make sure armchair quarterbacks like me do actually get the unemployment insurance benefits but losing HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO NIGERIAN SCAMMERS is pretty much hard to make excuses for.

16 thoughts on “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!!

  1. Why am I not surprised? Mainly, because I know what a cluster grope those dipsticks are in Olympia. I won’t go into specifics, but working as a Network Engineer for F5 Networks in the Global Services department (we supported the products, we were the experts in how to make the equipment stand up and dance…), and I’ve seen some mighty poor decisions made.
    Of course, this could/is the results of not having much in the way of controls for vetting the incoming requests. Piss-poor planning is King over there, as with most Gubmint agencies the world around.
    Watchdogs? We don’t need no steenkin’ watchdogs!!

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  2. Is it possible to have an account set up to accept all these payments and then automatically move it into cryptocurrency? They will never recover it.
    It sounds like the only reason they found out was because someone finally noticed hundreds of deposits were going to the same account.
    Jurassic Park & the 26 “sterile” raptors. Computer, How many raptors are there?
    39.
    You’d think that would be a default trigger point after about 5 deposits (someone with several part time jobs) in a week

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  3. Somebody is getting a kickback.
    The email went the other way, my dearest Nigerian, i need your help with 1.1M USD….

    Some drone, and maybe pretty high up in Olympia just bought a boat.

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    • You beat me to it. I guarantee you that some government a-hole is getting his cut. This is the reason people work themselves into positions that manage transactions.

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      • I am inclined to believe this is an inside job. There are really
        only two possibilities; Insufficient safeguards in the online
        registration software, and somebody on the inside covering up
        thousands of payments to a single account.

        In a state as deep blue as Washington, nothing would shock me!

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  4. Hacking is so common and so predictable as to be a routine operating hazard, like viruses. Site owners have a moral obligation to install protection. It is part of their job description. There is no excuse. The Washington unemployment site got hacked because no one was doing their job. Every time a site gets hacked, the CEO and CIO of the organization must be fired.

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  5. Correction:
    The only reason it was noticed, is that some government cadre didn’t get his/her chunk of the money the politicians are scamming out of these programs. Do we honestly believe that officials and politicians are not lining their pockets? Do you not think the Dems will have their deceased voters also receiving benefits? Likely, they calculated how much fraud they can get away with before it is too noticeable, and the Nigerians were simply better at fucking the system than they are.

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  6. Government workers get paid, regardless of how they do their jobs. When shitty workers can’t be fired or disciplined, the rest figure out quickly there’s no upside to doing quality work or even meeting the minimum standard.

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  7. Probably got noticed because of all the newly-unemployed trying to set up their online account and finding their SSN was already associated with another account. I work in the mail room at a healthcare provider here in Spokane, and a couple days ago the Employment Security notice letter comes in, with a list of new claims. First one up is one of our C-levels, who I just saw on the jon last week; I look at the list, bunch of other folks that I’ve been in contact with in the past couple weeks, oh and *ME*. (Claim was put in starting at a time when I was actually on FMLA leave for medical shit, so I’m kinda surprised that didn’t get flagged right there.)

    Report to HR, report to ESD, try to create my ESD account and hey, my sosh is connected to an AOL account. (Never used ’em in the 30-odd years I’ve been on the Internet, so…) Reported *that* to ESD, and to SSA.

    WA folks: set up your ESD account – you don’t have to file for benefits, you just want to lock in your SSN to your own email, or discover it’s been ganked already. (I have no solid idea where they got mine, but if I stacked up all the “privacy breach” notices I’ve gotten in the past few years, I could have a pretty good bonfire, so…)

    Be a shame if all the fraudulent claims got (non-valid) paper checks printed with COVID-19 ink, now wouldn’t it? (Cheaper than polonium, anyway.)

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  8. In case it was missed, Susan “Suzi” LeVine “was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on May 30, 2014 and took up her position in Bern on June 2, 2014. Reflecting her work in technology, LeVine took her oath of office while placing a hand on a Kindle containing the U.S. Constitution and, thereby, became the first U.S. official to be sworn in on an e-reader. She resigned her post in Bern on January 20, 2017. On July 9, 2018, she joined Governor Jay Inslee’s cabinet as the new Washington State Commissioner for the Employment Security Department.”

    In other words, she was an Obama appointee to a plush position who bailed after Trump took office. Must have seen the writing on the Kindle.

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  9. Now I know why my good friend Moujoumbo has not been returning my urgent emails with my bank routing numbers attached.
    He seems to have bigger fish to fry.

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