The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) advises that criminal enterprises possess stolen personal information due to national data breaches that have occurred. These enterprises are using the stolen personal information to file large numbers of unemployment claims with the state as a part of a national unemployment fraud scheme.
As a result, the state implemented additional identity verification measures to delay the payment for claims throughout Massachusetts. Identity verification measures will help the state determine the validity of each claim filed. Moreover, to assist with this issue, employers should log into their accounts to review monetary determinations and ask associates if they filed claims. If any associate states that they did not file a claim, the employer should then complete a fraud reporting form at https://www.mass.gov/forms/unemployment-fraud-reporting-form. Once this form is completed and returned, the state will take appropriate action. Third-party administrators can also report suspected PUA/DUA fraud to UIFraud@detma.org.
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.