There are always new angles for scammers to take advantage of any situation, and unemployment fraud just happens to be the latest. There is a nationwide scam targeting state unemployment systems.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development issued a warning about criminals in possession of stolen personal information from previous data breaches, now attempting to file fraudulent unemployment claims through the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance.

If you believe a claim has been filed in your name we would encourage you to take the following actions:

  • File a police report on your stolen identity
  • Report the fraudulent claim to unemployment assistance
  • If you are currently employed, notify your Human Resources Department.
  • Contact the three credit bureaus to place a credit freeze on your identity
    • Equifax: 800.349.9960
    • Experian: 888.397.3742
    • Trans Union: 888.909.8872
  • Contact a Branch Manager to place a password on your CIF (if you are a JDCU member) or follow-up with your own financial institution to inform them of the fraud.

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