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Is a scammer getting unemployment benefits in your name?

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In a large-scale scam erupting in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, imposters are filing claims for unemployment benefits, using the names and personal information of people who have not filed claims. People learn about the fraud when they get a notice from their state unemployment benefits office or their employer about their supposed application for benefits.

If this happens to you, it means someone is misusing your personal information, including your Social Security number and date of birth. Act fast. Here are steps that can help you protect your finances and your credit:

  1. Report the fraud to your employer. Keep a record of who you spoke with and when.
  2. Report the fraud to your state unemployment benefits agency. You can find state agencies here.
    • If possible, report the fraud online. An online report will save you time and be easier for the agency to process.
    • Keep any confirmation or case number you get. If you speak with anyone, keep a record of who you spoke with and when.
  3. Visit IdentityTheft.gov to report the fraud to the FTC and get help with the next important recovery steps. These include placing a free, one-year fraud alert on your credit, getting your free credit reports, and closing any fraudulent accounts opened in your name. IdentityTheft.gov also will help you add a free extended fraud alert or credit freeze to your credit report. These make it more difficult for an identity thief to open new accounts in your name.
  4. Review your credit reports often. For the next year, you can check your reports every week for free through AnnualCreditReport.com. This can help you spot any new fraud quickly.

One other thing: The unemployment payments usually are deposited to accounts the imposters control. But sometimes payments get sent to the real person’s account, instead. If this happens to you, the imposters may call, text, or email to try to get you to send some or all of the money to them. They may pretend to be your state unemployment agency and say the money was sent by mistake. This a money mule scam and participating in one could cause you more difficulties.

If you get benefits you never applied for, report it to your state unemployment agency and ask for instructions. Don’t respond to any calls, emails, or text messages telling you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Your state agency will never tell you to repay money that way. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time.

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I filed for unemployment and I receive checks from Pennsylvania is this a fraud or a mistake?

My brother in law is incarcerated and he thinks someone may have took his info and gave it to someone on outside to file an unemployment claim. Is there a way we can find out if someone has done that using his info? This is the rumor going around the prison, and he knows someone was in his cell going through his personal items and info. He is getting out soon and does not want it to affect him when he does

I own another house in my city that is currently vacant. I am getting Credit Cards from USBank that are used for unemployment benefits all in a different name. I have received 3 so far. I suspect that someone is applying for these cards and sending them to this address knowing that the house is vacant and plan on retrieving the cards at night from the mail box. I have been checking the mail at this house every day now so I am beating them to it. I need to report this but when you search to find out who to report it to you get different answers.

I received a benefits card in the mail today addressed to my address, but in someone else's name. Should I be worried? Should I just "return to sender" or report it to FTC or someone else? I already cleared my credit reports, but still need to check my husband's. Thanks!

So I think my cell phone was hacked and account was compramized because I went in person to take social security card and driver licence to uniploymenent office in person after certifation to give proof of I'd gave verification was told it would probably b about 2 days more it's been at least a week and still I have nothing and 0 accords my payment history can some one give me some in site. Whut to do

I notified the agencies about my identity being stolen. Now will I be able to receive my unemployment benefits

I have a claim...however my name has been taken completely off of it and it now has some e else's name. It had their address and banking which I have been able to change back to mine but after almost a month of contacting sending documents etc. The other name remains on my claim. Last Thursday when I called I was advised that because the claim was not in my name I could not get ant information. I do not know where to turn to at this point.

I received an Unemployment Insurance Monetary Benefit Determination from NYS Dept of Labor in the mail and I Never applied for Unemployment. Its under my maiden name my married name . I believe my Social Security # was stolen and used to apply for Unemployment without my knowledge.

I was just told my online bank account that someone committed fraud

If someone filed a fraudulent unemployment claim under my name, do I need to change all of my bank accounts and credit cards to be safe?

Go to IdentityTheft.gov to report the fraud to the FTC and get help with the next important recovery steps. 

You can place a free, one-year fraud alert on your credit, get your free credit reports, and close any fraudulent accounts opened in your name. IdentityTheft.gov also will help you add a free extended fraud alert or credit freeze to your credit report. That makes it more difficult for an identity thief to open new accounts in your name.

My husband's name was used to file a fraudulent claim about a month before he started to file a claim for unemployment in August. He has taken all the requested steps and has heard nothing, it has been at least 8 weeks, why have we not heard back so he can file his actual claim! It is so frustrating not knowing if ANYTHING is happening. Who else can we contact to get somewhere with fixing the fraud so the benefits can be approved.

Im on unemployment in pa. I have had partial for about 6 weeks. I filed 11/1 for 2 weeks then was prompted to file another week and did.I never received money or an alert that money was loaded on my debit card. And today I can use my s.s. # and pin to file but when I try to use it to check status or payment it say doesn't have the info I provided on file. Also been getting emails with a strange name not mine. I Don't know if this is related. I emailed PAUC about the money but not yet about the problem logging on.I still haven't had a response to my email. Please help

I get partial benefits in PA too and just this week I never received my direct deposit payment. When I check on the UC website it says it was deposited but my bank has no record of it. I’m worried that a scammer somehow changed my direct deposit info. I had the exact same issue your having about logging in for additional payment info last week but now all of a sudden it’s working.

Reading through all these is terrible I have the same problem I honestly believe the problem starts with EDD not requiring identity verification at the beginning of the application instead this sends you money first and then identity verification last I have never seen any institute Bank or creditor do business this way and the biggest problem is is when it's all said and done they want you to repay the money

Someone filed for unemployment benefits for my deceased 89 year old Mother who has been gone four years. Now I have to deal with that mess!

Can the Edd office send a letter to the country building about someone didn't receive their benefits claim but waiting on a Card to come?

My Account been hack and my money been stolen from me I have documents showing my money have been stolen from me I call the police I have the case Number

I received a letter from the Department of Labor and Employment stating a pin number for unemployment was issued to me, I did not file for unemployment. I have contacted my employer about the situation and they have had several letters from the employees on the same issue. Please note I did not file for unemployment so please don't issue any checks in my name

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