Unemployment benefit scams are on the rise. If you suspect suspicious activity, we recommend the following steps to be taken immediately:
- Report the fraud to your previous employer. Keep a record of who you spoke with and when.
- Report the fraud to your state unemployment benefits agency. You can find it here.
- Review your credit reports often. For more info on how you can see Equifax, Experian, TransUnion credit reports and your scores for $1 for first week, click here. You’ll have the option to sign up for our top-tier credit monitoring program as well so you can catch fraudulent activity in real time.
- Report the fraud to FTC here.
- If you actually received unemployment funds by check or direct deposit, you may receive calls, emails, or texts from thieves claiming you received the money in error and that you must return it. They will pretend they are the the Department of Labor, and claim a mistake has been made. Do not respond. They will ask you to wire the money, or go buy a gift card and give them the card information. Do not reply or answer any of the attempts to give the money back. If you want to verify, place a call yourself or log into your online portal where you will have received a secured message should an error have been made.
For more information or to get help call us at: 800-518-1077 Option 1