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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Unemployment Fraud on the Rise

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Fraudulent Unemployment Claims 


With the rise in unemployment insurance claims associated with COVID-19, there has been a rise in fraudulent unemployment claims and other instances of identity theft. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has guidelines on what you should do if you receive unemployment paperwork or a debit card and didn't file an unemployment claim. 


If you receive unemployment paperwork but didn't file a claim, submit a fraud report with the CDLE. If you receive a U. S. Bank Reliacard for Colorado unemployment but didn't file a claim, fill out the U.S. Bank form or call them immediately at 855.282.6161. Tell them a fraudulent claim was filed using your information, and ask them to deactivate the card.


You should also contact the three consumer credit bureaus and put a fraud and identity theft alert on your name and Social Security number (SSN). It may be an automated system, so you may not talk to a live person, and you will have to enter your SSN and date of birth.


Credit Bureau Contact Info:

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285

Experian: 1-888-397-3742

TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289


 It's also recommended you file an online report with the Parker Police Department if you live in the Town of Parker. Filling out a police report will allow you to print a copy for your records. Visit www.ftc.gov for more information. 


How to Protect Yourself

Never give out personally identifiable information over the phone. Whether it's the Parker Police Department, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, or the IRS, we aren't going to ask for your social security number or bank account information. Don't give out account passwords, PINs, or any other personally identifiable information, and don't follow links from unsolicited emails.

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