Due to the pandemic, there has been an increase in Americans filing for unemployment benefits due to job loss and reduced work hours. Scammers are taking advantage and fraudulently filing claims using stolen personal identity information.
If you received a 1099-G tax form for unemployment benefits that you didn't apply for you may be a victim of identity theft.
How to protect yourself from unemployment benefit scams
Learn the four steps you can take to report unemployment benefits fraud and protect yourself and others.
• Report the fraud to state unemployment fraud office
• File your taxes right away
• Monitor credit report
• File a federal fraud complaint
Learn more about Unemployment Identity Theft.