PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FRAUD
You may be a victim of identity theft
if you did not file for unemployment benefits but:
Here are some steps you can take to
Report your concerns to the CT Department of Labor through the
ID Theft Report Form.
The Integrity Unit at CTDOL will review the information and respond as quickly
If you are a victim of ID theft:
File the attached
File Form 14039, Department of the
Treasury - Internal Revenue Service Identity Theft Affidavit, with the IRS.
File a police report with your local police department.
Obtain a copy of the report that you can provide to creditors and credit
Change passwords on your email, banking, and other
Make a list of credit card companies, banks, and other
financial institutions where you do business. Tell them you are a victim of
identity theft, and ask them to put a fraud alert on your account.
Get a copy of your credit report and dispute any
fraudulent transactions. You can request credit reports online from the 3
major credit reporting agencies
Equifax: 800-349-9960 or
freeze your credit online
Experian: 888-397-3742 or
freeze your credit
TransUnion: 888-909-8872 or
freeze your credit
Place a credit freeze with each of the 3 major credit
reporting agencies by calling the agencies or freezing your credit online.
Place a fraud alert on your credit
file. You can do this by contacting just one of the credit agencies to add
an alert with all three agencies.
Report identity theft to the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC has a wealth of information for identity
theft victims, including assistance with a recovery plan.
If you suspect that someone is using
your SSN for work purposes, contact the Social Security Administration at
800-772-1213 to report the problem. They will review your earnings with you
to ensure they are correct. You can also review earnings posted to your
social security statement
www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement for workers 18 and older.
Consider filing a complaint with the
US Department of Justice National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) :
Maintain a good record (keep all
documents and record all conversations) that you can access when necessary
in re-establishing your identity and credit history.
Scammers have stolen Americans’
identities to file fraudulent unemployment insurance claims. If somebody has
submitted an unemployment insurance claim under your name, report it
immediately! Tell the National Center for Disaster Fraud:
CTDOL OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE TO CLAIMANTS
Did you receive an email or letter from CTDOL? Check here to ensure it is
authentic. CTDOL will never ask for your username or password in an email, nor
will we send you a link directly to an account page that asks for your username
Help us protect you by being vigilant
about account security.
US Dept of Justice warnings on “money mules”—people who knowingly or unknowingly
move money obtained fraudulently
Nov 2020: From the NASWA integrity ctr: criminals are changing addresses
with the US Postal Service in an attempt to obtain mail which could include
unemployment, banking, and credit card statements.
Oct 2020: From USDOL: Spoofing scheme. Criminals are sending letters / email
that appear to be from labor agencies or specific unemployment programs. The
email links prompt username and password, which are then stolen and used to
login to unemployment accounts.
Oct 2020: From USDOL: Phishing scheme. Criminals are targeting people to
click on unsafe links in email. Credentials are then stolen and used to
log in to unemployment accounts.