Protecting Yourself from Unemployment Fraud
Unemployment Fraud is at an all-time high right now. Multiple states have reported a rash of unemployment fraud incidents. Individuals or groups have stolen people’s personal and employment information and used their Social Security number, address, and birth date to apply for unemployment benefits. It’s possible to become a victim of unemployment fraud whether or not you’re employed.
Some people have discovered false claims were made under their personal information after trying to apply for unemployment benefits. Others have discovered it after receiving a notice in the mail about a claim being processed that they did not submit.
What Should You Do?
If you believe you are the victim of unemployment fraud it is important to report it as soon as possible.
- Contact your local Office of Unemployment Assistance:
- Massachusetts residents can report fraud using the Department of Unemployment Assistance fraud contact form or call the DUA customer service department at 877-626-6800
- New Hampshire Residents can visit New Hampshire Employment Security or call 603-271-7700
- If you are currently employed, notify your company’s Human Resource Department
- Report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission online at IdentifyTheft.gov or call 1-877-438-4338