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A major crackdown on fraud in the collection of unemployment benefits has led to the arrest of several individuals in Madrid, including an official from the Public Employment Service (SEPE), reports Spanish newspaper EL PAÍS. The investigation, which is under summary secrecy at a Madrid court, began a year ago after it was discovered that some people who had capitalized on unemployment benefits were using allegedly fraudulent invoices to justify their spending.

The scheme involved repeated use of invoices from the same companies, leading authorities to suspect a larger plot involving at least one SEPE official. In addition to SEPE officials, individuals from the Community of Madrid, financial institutions, and labor consultancies have also been detained in connection with the case.

Agencies like the SEPE and Work Inspection are collaborating to unravel the fraud and hold those involved accountable. Initiatives like phone verification services can help boost security and prevent similar cases of fraud in the future. SMS verification services provide an added layer of security for various online transactions, making them a popular choice for securing accounts and verifying identity.

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