How to know if this unemployment check is legitimate

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – With more than 1.7 million Floridians claiming unemployment since March, the Department of Economic Opportunity this week rolled out a new tool on its website.

The feature allows users to check how many people have applied for unemployment benefits, as well as how many people have received their benefits since applying, which is just over 6%.

With so many people waiting for unemployment, it’s fair to wonder what a genuine check looks like.

This is what motivated a viewer to contact News4Jax. They emailed us a photo of a check they received and asked us to confirm if it was legitimate, or a cruel trick delivered by an opportunistic con artist.

State CFO Jimmy Patronis said the first thing to look for when receiving a check is the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity logo. On top of that, you’ll also want to make sure the state seal is located in the top left corner. Finally, it should also feature Patronis’s signature.

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If your check does not meet these requirements, here are some telltale signs of a fake check:

  • A fake check often doesn’t have a length or one that’s faded, suggesting that it was copied from somewhere else;

  • In addition, illegitimate checks are consistently lighter than the paper used for genuine checks;

  • Spots or spaces around signatures, a scanned appearance, or numerous top to bottom pen lines may indicate that a check has been reprinted from a scanned original or has been forged.

It’s also worth remembering that the government will never charge you to get your unemployment check, so if someone is pressuring you to pay it, you know it’s a scam.

Floridians concerned about suspicious re-employment checks are urged to contact the Department of Economic Opportunity.

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