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2020 Census Coloring Contest

Check out the winners list for the 2020 Census Coloring Contest and photos of all the entries.

ELECTION NEWS

To help  provide Pennsylvania voters with a timely and factual source of information related to mail-in voting, The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania has created a short video for public release "What You Need to Know About Voting by Mail" in Pennsylvania. Click Here to view video.

The short video details the process from application to return of the ballot.  A special thanks to CCAP President and Clinton County Commissioner Jeff Snyder, York County Commissioner Julie Wheeler, Lycoming County Elections Director Forrest Lehman and Lancaster County Elections Director Randall Wenger for their time and assistance with this video.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local elections office.

Brenda Munz, Election Director 
814-486-9322

Misty Lupro, Registrar/Assistant Election Director 
814-486-9321

Cameron County Board of Elections:
Lori J. Reed, Chair
James D. Moate
Ann M. Losey

Public Notice-Unemployment Scams

 PA Department of Labor & Industry asked that we share important information again concerning Unemployment and Scams 

       

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 24, 2020  

 

L&I’s Anti-Fraud Division Uncovers Attempted COVID-19 Unemployment Scams, None of L&I’s Systems or Data Were Breached

Pennsylvanians Urged to Report Known or Suspected Identify Thefts Immediately  

Harrisburg, PA – Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) anti-fraud division has discovered attempts by scammers to try and bilk COVID-19 unemployment benefits using personal information obtained from sources outside of L&I. The scammers are using this personal information to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits – no L&I systems or data have been compromised. 

“We have been on very high alert since reports began surfacing recently of scammers targeting unemployment benefits programs across the country. We are working closely with other state and federal agencies, as well as law enforcement, to investigate these incidents,” said Oleksiak. “I want to assure everyone, particularly people who have submitted information to L&I through our unemployment compensation programs, that none of our programs or data have been breached.   

“These fraudsters are using personal information that they have obtained without permission from other sources to file for PUA benefits and route their payments to their own bank accounts.  It is possible that many Pennsylvanians are not aware their identities were previously stolen and should keep a close eye on their credit rating, as well as remain vigilant in protecting their personal information.”  

L&I will be sending additional information to all PUA claimants via U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday to ensure they applied and confirm that their personal information has not been compromised. 

Anyone who receives a paper check in the mail and did not file for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania should not cash the checks. The checks should be returned to: 

Department of Treasury Comptroller’s Office

Attn: Mark Accorsi

Room 113, Finance Building

Harrisburg, PA 17120 

Anyone who receives a direct deposit and did not file for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania should not use the funds. The funds should be returned to: 

           Department of Labor & Industry

           651 Boas St., Room 500

           Harrisburg, PA 17121 

Payments must be made by personal check, cashier's check, certified check, or money order to the “PA UC Fund”.  Please include a brief signed statement with the reason you are sending in the payment and include your printed name, address, last four of your social security number, phone number and email address.   

Cashing the checks or using direct deposited funds knowing that you have not applied for PUA or any other UC program may be deemed fraud and repayment will be required. 

We will be sure to provide important information and alerts for Pennsylvanians as this situation evolves.  

L&I’s anti-fraud division remains committed to preventing, identifying, and blocking scams and is continuing its aggressive efforts to do so, including:   

  • Cross matching data with other state agencies and across the country to detect fraud activity.
  • Working with the U.S. Department of Labor to prevent and detect fraudulent activities related to UC. 

Report Fraud 

Report fraudulent activity regarding Pennsylvania’s UC benefits: 

  • Online
    • Identity theft – if you suspect or know that someone is using your personal information such as your name, Social Security number, or date of birth without your knowledge or consent to file for UC benefits, complete and submit the Identity Theft Form
    • Unemployment claims fraud – if you know of individuals who are collecting UC benefits illegally, including people who are working and not reporting their wages for PA UC benefit purposes; or people who cannot work due to an illness, disability or incarceration, complete and submit the Unemployment Claims Fraud Form.
  • Phone
    • PA Fraud Hotline – 1-800-692-7469
  • Police
    • File a police report with the municipality you resided in at the time the unemployment benefits in question were paid. A copy of the police report must be provided to the Office of Unemployment Compensation. 

If you are a victim of identity theft you may also report it to the Federal Trade Commission and start a recovery plan at https://www.identitytheft.gov/

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office has also provided some helpful tips and instructions to consumers to check your credit more often through the COVID-19 emergency

Recognize and Avoid General UC Scams 

Take these additional steps to protect yourself against general unemployment scams: 

  • Never give out your personal information over email or text message.
  • Don’t wire money, and always ignore the following requests:
    • Communications related to your UC benefits from someone asking for money;
    • Someone who says they can help you file for your benefits for a fee; and
    • Anyone claiming to work for L&I who says they need a fee to complete your application.
  • Don’t open or respond to unsolicited emails or text messages.
  • Never give out your personal information on websites or social media channels – especially those that claim they can help you apply for UC benefits. Third parties can’t apply for your benefits.
  • Don’t trust or rely on UC info from unofficial websites – always visit www.uc.pa.gov for Pennsylvania unemployment program information.
  • L&I may need to call you. If you file a claim, save the following unemployment phone numbers to your phone so you know you’re receiving a legitimate call from L&I:
    • 888-313-7284 – regular UC
    • 855-284-8545 – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) phone number

We will ask you for some personal identification information including the last four digits of your Social Security number, but we will not ask for your full SSN.  

Additional information is available on the L&I website, Facebook or Twitter. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes, dlipress@pa.gov                                                                  

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County of Cameron, PA

Hours & Contact Information

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM EST
(Hours may vary by individual offices)
Please call ahead to check on availability

Cameron County Courthouse
20 E. 5th St.
Emporium, PA  15834
P:  814-486-2315
F:  814-486-3176

Photo credits:
Holly Jo Cook, Michelle Clark,
Brian Reid, Brenda Munz