What should I do if I become aware of a fraudulent unemployment insurance claim?

July 7, 2020

UPDATED - July 7, 2020

Consistent with the news across the country, the University is seeing an increase in fraudulent unemployment claims. If you receive notification about an unemployment claim you did not file, it is very important that you protect your personal information and take the following steps:

  1. Report fraud to DES, then destroy the debit card or documents you received. No paperwork is necessary to keep as evidence. DES will send a letter confirming receipt of the fraud complaint (this may take a few weeks).
  2. Contact the Division of Human Resources to report that you did not file a claim.
  3. Report the identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission.
  4. If you know how the fraud took place (i.e. credit card, bank account, etc.), then notify the credit card company/bank. 
  5. Contact the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) and consider putting a freeze on your credit.
  6. Download a free credit report from one or all of the credit reporting agencies to monitor for identity theft.