Commonwealth warns of unemployment benefits fraud activity
The Pennsylvania Office of Administration issued the following message to Commonwealth employees regarding an increase in fraudulent attempts to apply for unemployment benefits using previously stolen identities. AFSCME members at state AND non-state employers should be vigilant in protecting their personal information and reporting suspected or known fraud and identity theft.
The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is seeing an increase in fraudulent attempts to apply for unemployment benefits using previously stolen identities.
This is a widespread issue affecting unemployment programs in every state. L&I continues to work closely with its counterparts, as well as federal and state authorities, to hold fraudsters accountable and implement methods to identify and block these fraud attempts.
Unemployment fraud can affect children, retirees, workers and legitimate claimants. Criminals frequently steal identities to commit fraud themselves or to sell personal identifiable information to other criminals on the online black market, also known as the dark web. As a result, information stolen from one organization may be used by criminals to commit fraud against other organizations.
Commonwealth employees should be vigilant in protecting their personal information and reporting suspected or known fraud and identity theft. If you or someone you know believes they are a victim of unemployment fraud, L&I recommends that you take the following steps.
What to do when someone files for unemployment benefits using your identity
How to protect yourself against unemployment scams
Visit www.uc.pa.gov for more unemployment fraud information and tips.