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Protect yourself from ID theft   A list of official CTDOL correspondence   Check here for known fraud alerts

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FRAUD

You may be a victim of identity theft if you did not file for unemployment benefits but:

  • you received a 1099 form from CTDOL, or

  • you received a monetary determination letter from CTDOL.

Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:

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 as possible.

If you are a victim of ID theft:

  1. File the attached File Form 14039, Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service Identity Theft Affidavit, with the IRS.

  2. File a police report with your local police department. Obtain a copy of the report that you can provide to creditors and credit agencies.

  3. Change passwords on your email, banking, and other personal accounts.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    1. Equifax: 800-349-9960 or freeze your credit online

    2. Experian: 888-397-3742 or freeze your credit online

    3. TransUnion: 888-909-8872 or freeze your credit online

  6. Place a credit freeze with each of the 3 major credit reporting agencies by calling the agencies or freezing your credit online.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    https://www.identitytheft.gov/877-438-4338

  9. 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.

  10. Consider filing a complaint with the US Department of Justice National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) : https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form

  11. 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: https://lnkd.in/gD-zQ2f

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 or password.

FRAUD ALERTS 

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.


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