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Claiming Unemployment ? Beware of Scammers

United States is one of the few countries in the World which provides temporary assistance to jobless workers in the form of unemployment insurance. The monetary compensation helps jobless citizens manage their basic expenses and run their family while they look for new job opportunities and explore career options.

As a responsible citizen of the country, one should not exploit the benefits by indulging in acts of fraud. Over the last few years, with the massive advancement in technology, fraudsters are manipulating state sponsored social schemes such as unemployment insurance programs to make financial gains. Scammers are stealing sensitive personal information to impersonate and claim on behalf of a genuine aspirant.

You must remain diligent…

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What Should You Do to Stay Away From Scammers

1) File and claim unemployment directly with the state

UI payments system is designed to facilitate direct interaction between claimants and the unemployment division of the labor dept in your state. You can file and claim weekly dole online or by phone directly without any intervention of middlemen. The govt. does not charge any fee for processing or disbursing your weekly claims or engage middlemen to serve as touts in carrying out functions.

Imposters often use loopholes in the system and may contact you to offer assistance in enrolling for benefits. Do not disclose any personal information to such scammers. You can be soon be a victim of an identity theft. If you have any trouble filing for benefits or need help, pick up the phone and call the claims center. You can also lookup for resources online, on the labor department’s portal and be educated.

If you’re a first time claimant, know the eligibility requirement before filing. This equips you with complete information before filing.

2) Don’t Fall Prey To Phishing

Phishing is a technique where scammers send emails to internet users, pretending to be representatives of legitimate enterprises. These emails contain luring content and links to malicious sites where a victim may be asked to provide sensitive and personal information such as SSN’s, credit card information, bank account details etc.

As a jobless claimant, you may receive an email from an impersonator claiming to be a representative asking you to complete application to receive weekly benefits or provide additional information to expedite process work. If you think it’s suspicious, do not click on any of the links or provide sensitive information. Install only trusted software from known publishers.

Contact the customer service of the labor department to verify if the email was legitimate.

3) Secure your Computer & Key Documents

Fraudsters always scout for new methods to steal sensitive information. All physical documents like the SSN card, employment letters(appointment, relieving and payslips) be kept safe at a secure location in the house. Retrieve them only when required and file them back immediately after use.

Defend your computer against malicious software and virus attacks by installing a trusted anti – virus.Check for routine updates and scan computers periodically. Scammers may hack your computer to steal sensitive information which can be used to claim unemployment on your behalf without your knowledge.

4) Report encounters immediately

If you come across any of the instances stated and explained above, note down the specifics and report immediately to the labor authorities in your state. Your action will help curb scammers and plug leaks in the system. If you feel there was a compromise on your identity or documents were stolen or lost, inform the local law enforcement agencies instantly.

One can find related resources on the DOL website. They maintain exclusive & detailed information on how you can report suspicious activity when you claim unemployment insurance. States also have a dedicated phone line to address such queries.

Labor departments, law enforcement agencies and other federal organisations work in tandem to bring down scamming and other fraudulent activities. Certain states have enacted strict laws to bring scammers to justice.

If an acquaintance or a family member is claiming unemployment benefits on the basis of false information, you must advise them against doing so. Stringent checks and verification will lead to finding out facts at the time of processing the paperwork or later. There are strict penalties which includes prison sentence and hefty fine.

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  1. I work for a church pre school program and I have lost my job due to coronavirus. When I applied for unemployment in Texas it says that two does not except this employer as my last employer. I’ve been working there for 13 years. What do I do?

  2. Chad ….. how do I get thru when it wont accept my ID or my password. I change it 5 times and it still wont work. Calling is not working at any time when I spend and whole day calling back to back to get thru. why don’t they just help or force the employers ( company) to place they claims in for their workers like GM did……I NEED HELP…PLEASE.

    1. Chad,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  3. i live in ga…all the day cares have shut down my wife and i have full time jobs,,,but i have to leave my company which i have been there for over two years,to take care of our child….can i still collect unemployment…this covid virus is why i have to leave my job…

    1. Gary,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  4. are you kidding me my son lost his job on 10/17/2020 hes mentally challenged and cant file on his own because he doesn’t know how so I started going to sites trying to file for him and the residence inn Marriott promised to help him and have done zip . ive tried 10 different sites and I keep getting dropped wen I complete forms and push submit. 12 days now n still cant file a claim.

    1. Martin,

      There’s only one website you should be trying from. Please let us know your state and we’ll share the website information.

  5. I have submitted my forms EXACTLY as I was instructed too on line. Even though I have filled out the paperwork correctly I keep getting emails asking for me to fill out the form that I have done multiple times already. Remuneration – Claimant Questionnaire is the issue. I got online and requested a phone call. 3 days ago. I just need to know that you guys received everything and I don’t owe any more information.
    Nobody answers the 617-626-6800 number. Just get directed to the internet. Well, you can’t speak with the internet. I am getting mixed messages and I fret that this will delay any benefits.
    Could someone please give me a call.

    1. James,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. This is a private forum and we’ll not be able to arrange a callback.

  6. I work for a church that has grown it’s congregation over almost 40 years and we now have 26 mostly full time employees, most being here many years. Will our employees be able to file and receive benefits since we are an EXEMPT from paying unemployment industry? State of Florida

  7. My unemployment benefits ran out 3/1/2020 am I able to file for extended benefits ? I live in California and am 62 years old.

    1. Ariana,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

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