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Richmond woman receives a dozen VEC letters addressed to different people

"I don't know what is going on."
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Posted at 4:30 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 18:06:39-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- When Jacqueline Barbour checks her mailbox these days, she is hopeful she will actually find her mail inside.

"I'm saying it's 25 letters this month I've received, and I'm just tired of getting them," Barbour said.

Lately, Barbour, who lives on Richmond's Southside, has received more than a dozen letters from the Virginia Employment Commission.

They all have her address on them, but not her name.

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"These people do not live at my address," Barbour said.

She does not dare open them since they are not addressed to her, but one of the letters was addressed to her brother who lives with her.

"It tells you how much money he makes weekly," Barbour said

The letter states that her brother qualified for unemployment and would begin receiving benefits, but Barbour said her brother has worked throughout the pandemic and did not apply for unemployment.

"If he's working, he doesn't need money from unemployment," Barbour said.

Now, Barbour is more confused than ever.

She believes this is the result of a computer glitch at the Virginia Employment Commission and wants them to fix it.

"I don't know what is going on, all I know is I am sick and tired of seeing this mail," Barbour said.

However, a woman she contacted at the VEC told her via email that this is probably a case of fraud, where people have fraudulently filed for unemployment and used her address for some reason.

"I don't think no one put my address intentionally on different names to fraud you, I think this is a computer glitch, I really do," Barbour said. "I think there is something wrong with your system."

The woman at the VEC told Barbour they would pass along her concerns to the fraud department.

If something similar happens to you, a spokesperson for the VEC said to visit their website and click here to alert the VEC to the possible fraud.