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Online scam targets unemployed

The state of Washington is warning of an internet scam targeting one of the nation’s fastest-growing populations: the unemployed.

The Web address redirects to a secure state site that lists job openings, but another nonstate-sponsored Web site – – charges $9.95 to file unemployment claims, according to the state Employment Security Department. The state hasn’t determined if the site actually files unemployment claims.

Unemployment claims can be filed for free at

Anyone who has paid to file an unemployment claim should contact the state Attorney General’s consumer resource center at (800) 551-4636 or

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