Unemployment fraud is on the rise
We have recently taken multiple reports on unemployment fraud. We always love helping our residents, but we don't want them to fall victim to these crimes. Here are some things to look out for to try and protect yourself from becoming a victim of this crime.
You may be a victim of unemployment identity theft if you received:
- Mail from a government agency about an unemployment claim or payment and you did not recently file for unemployment benefits. This includes unexpected payments or debit cards and could be from any state.
- A 1099-G tax form reflecting unemployment benefits you weren't expecting. Box 1 on this form may show unemployment benefits you did not receive or an amount that exceeds your records for the unemployment benefits you did receive. The form itself may be from a state in which you do not live or did not file for benefits.
- While you are still employed, a notice from your employer indicating that your employer received a request for information about an unemployment claim in your name.
Don't ever hesitate to reach out to us if you have any concerns or questions. We would rather catch these things in advance that follow through after the fact.