Identity Theft & Unemployment Benefits

By December 1, 2020COVID-19, Fraud

State unemployment agencies advise that individuals proceed with caution when they access websites to file for unemployment benefits. Individuals should only utilize their state’s portal to apply for benefits. Individuals should take caution when they encounter websites that:

  • Offer to help individuals file for benefits. These sites ask for confidential and private information including Social Security numbers, street addresses, work history, and email addresses. Individuals should never give out or enter any confidential and private information into these websites.
  • Charge individuals a fee to file for benefits. The state does not charge a fee for filing for benefits.
  • Ask individuals to upload a copy of their driver’s license, birth certificate, and other personally identifiable information to a non-governmental website. Individuals will need to enter a Social Security number and driver’s license when filing for benefits on the state’s website.

Individuals can learn more about how to avoid identity theft on their state’s webpage.

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://thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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