The Idaho Department of Labor would like to remind everyone to be alert for identity theft related to unemployment claims. The state advises that scammers are attempting to file claims with individuals’ names and personal information who have not filed. Individuals should email firstname.lastname@example.org if they are notified of a claim filed under their name when they did not file the claim (do not include personally identifiable information such as a Social Security number in the email). Employers who notice a claim has been filed for one of their employed associates should also alert the state of fraudulent activity. A representative will follow-up with the employer for more information once an alert has been made to the state agency.
Also, claimants have noted being asked for their claim IDs on social media which could lead to identity theft. The state emphasizes that claimants should never post images of their claims or provide their claim IDs on social media. The state does not charge a fee for filing for unemployment benefits and will not ask for information such as Social Security numbers or claim IDs via social media.
Visit https://www.identitytheft.gov/ to report identity theft and learn about additional resources available. For more information about identity theft, visit the Idaho Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division website or call 1-800-432-3545 (statewide) or (208) 334-2424.
Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at https://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.
Please reach out to your representative with any questions.