Idaho Labor Department seeks public help in stopping unemployment fraud

The Idaho Department of Labor is asking for the public’s help in preventing unemployment insurance fraud.

The department is asking people who are notified by the department that a claim has been filed when they did not file the claim, to send an email to fraud@labor.idaho.gov.

Officials say to not include personally identifiable information such as a Social Security number in the email.  A Labor Department employee will follow up for more information. Additionally, employers who notice a claim has been filed for one of their employees who is still working, should also alert the department.

States throughout the country are seeing increases in fraud while processing an unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Detailed information about U.S. citizens, such as Social Security numbers, appears to have been obtained through past cyber breaches other states have reported and is being used to file claims under their names. (Idaho Department of Labor)

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