April 30, 2021 5:20 PM
A notice about unemployment benefit fraud attempts in Nassau resident's names
The New York State Department of Labor has put the following alert out there regarding unemployment benefit fraud:
The DOL urges anyone who has received an official communication about unemployment benefits — like a monetary determination letter — but did not apply for unemployment benefits, to immediately report it to the DOL at on.ny.gov/uifraud.
New Yorkers impacted should also take steps to proactively protect themselves from identity theft, including those highlighted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at IdentityTheft.gov, such as:
-Changing passwords, logins, and pins for online accounts, especially banks;
-Placing a free fraud alert on their accounts with the three credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax);
-Getting a free credit report from annualcreditreport.com;
-Reporting the identity theft to the FTC;
-Filing a report with their local police department, if they wish; and
-Reporting a misused Social Security number.
The Department of Labor’s Office of Special Investigations is using modern technology — including artificial intelligence — to identify and stop fraudulent claims. In addition, the DOL uses information from other government agencies, New Yorkers, and employers to protect the integrity of the unemployment system. The DOL works closely with partners at the USDOL Office of Inspector General, the Secret Service, the FBI and local law enforcement.
More information about reporting fraud can be found here: https://dol.ny.gov/report-fraud