By District Attorney Summer Stephan
If you are one of the many Americans who has filed for unemployment benefits or is considering doing so, you should know of a scam targeting those seeking benefits. Scammers are always looking for new ways to swindle money and with a large increase in people requesting unemployment benefits, bad actors see a situation ripe for exploitation.
Because states are streamlining the unemployment claims process, some fraudsters are posing as someone they’re not to receive unemployment benefits. From stealing sensitive personal information to filing a claim under a victim’s name without approval or notice to setting up phony unemployment websites, here’s what you need to know:
Now that you know how to spot unemployment scams, here are some tips to avoid them:
If you find yourself the victim of an unemployment scam or that an unemployment benefits claim was falsely opened under your identity, report it at IdentityTheft.gov. This website can also help you freeze your credit if necessary. In addition, report the scam directly to your unemployment agency.
As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and the public. I hope these consumer and public safety tips have been helpful.