Attorney General: filing for unemployment is free

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's attorney general is warning residents about companies offering to file unemployment compensation claims for a fee - since online filing is free and secure.

Bill McCollum and the Agency for Workforce Innovation issued an advisory Thursday.

Some states have reported complaints from consumers who said they searched online for "unemployment claims" or similar terms and were directed to sites for private companies promising to handle their claims, but for a fee. Consumers would have to give their social security numbers to these companies, but later realized their claims were never processed.

McCollum says it's "unthinkable that a con artist would try to victimize" someone who is jobless and looking for help.

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