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Unemployment claim fraud/identity theft

KANSAS – Like states all across the country, Kansas is seeing an increase in reports of unemployment claim fraud due to identify theft. A review of these filed using the names and personal information of people who have not lost their jobs. People are often unaware a claim has been made on their behalf until they receive a determination notice in the mail from the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) or until their employer receives a notice to verify the employee’s status. If you fraudulent claims indicates that scammers are finding personal information through incidents like credit card data breaches and then using that information to illegally attempt to collect unemployment. These fraudulent attempts are not due to a breach of the A fraudulent KDOL unemployment system or because of anything that you have done. suspect a claim has been improperly filed using your identity or your employees’ identity, go to fraud and they will investigate your claim, suspend the fraudulent account if suspicious activity is found and refer the matter over to law enforcement for action. claim that is created using you or your employee’s personal information, including Social Security Number and date of birth, indicates that personal information is exposed and there is risk of further financial harm. In such cases, we recommend the following steps:1. Contact the Federal Trade Commission at

2. Place a fraud alert on your credit record with one of the three credit bureaus:

1. Equifax.....1 (866) 349-5191

2. Experian…..1 (888) 397-3742

3. TransUnion.....1 (800) 680-7289

3. Contact your financial providers (banks, credit card companies, etc.) to flag irregular transactions.

4. Check your Social Security earnings statements online to make sure your reported wages are correct. You can do this with a free, personal my Social Security account at

Unemployment fraud is a felony. It is the willful misrepresentation of information to collect unemployment benefits. Each year, employers pay unemployment taxes which are deposited into the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Unemployment benefits are paid out from this fund to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Employers’ tax rates are affected when workers make claims against their account and the balance of the Trust Fund. KDOL wants to ensure unemployment benefits are not being diverted from the Trust Fund to those who are not eligible. Kansas law provides penalties to claimants and employers who commit fraud.If you believe or have knowledge that a violation of the Workers Compensation Act has occurred or is occurring, you may notify the Division of Workers Compensation at:Kansas Workers CompensationFraud and Abuse Investigation Section401 SW Topeka Blvd, Suite 2Topeka, Kansas 66603-3105(785) 296-4000Toll free (800) 332-0353

Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537