Throughout the pandemic, scammers have been filing claims for unemployment benefits using the names and personal information of people who have not filed claims. The victims find out about it when they receive notice from the state unemployment office or from their employer. To have done this, the scammer would have to have your social security number and birth date which is something you would want to put a stop to right away. If this happens to you, take the following steps to protect yourself:
- Immediately report the fraud to your employer;
- Report the fraud to your state unemployment benefits agency. Due to the urgency of the situation, if possible report it online to the state office. Keep a confirmation or case number you are given and keep a record of anyone you speak to at the state office;
- Report the fraud to the FTC by filling out the Identity Theft Complaint at IdentityTheft.gov;
- Put a fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit report;
- After being a victim of this fraud, be sure to check your credit report frequently to be able to discover any new fraud quickly.