Unemployment identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s personal identifiable information to apply for unemployment insurance benefits. If any of the following situations have occurred, you or someone you know may be a victim of identity theft.
- A person has been actively claiming and receiving unemployment benefits but, their personal identifiable information and/or bank account information has been changed without their knowledge and benefits payments are no longer being received.
- A person has received information about an unemployment claim with their social security number and that person has never filed for unemployment benefits.
- You are an employer who received information about an employee’s unemployment claim and the employee has stated that they never filed for unemployment benefits.
If any of these situations apply, please fill out our online Identity Theft form.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE DES MOINES POLICE DEPT.
- Order your credit report from each of the three national credit-reporting companies. These report are free after you place an initial fraud alert. You can also get a free credit report at: www.annualcreditreport.com.
- Create an identity theft affidavit online at www.identitytheft.gov.
- Place a 7-year fraud alert on your credit file by contacting one of the three national credit reporting companies:
- Equifax (800)525-6285
- Experian (888)397-3742
- Trans-Union (800)680-7289