Employers should watch out for fraudulent and imposter unemployment claims. There is currently a scheme going around of illegitimate unemployment claims, which is a part of a national unemployment fraud scheme. Scammers have been using stolen personal information and filing for unemployment.
Due to this the DUA is currently taking extra identity verification measures when you file an unemployment claim, causing delays in payments.
What should you do as an employer?
- Be aware. Log into your Mass Unemployment Online account to review the employee’s monetary determinations being received. You can log in here
- If you have an unemployment claim, confirm with your employee that they filed, the claim. If not, it is most likely a fraudulent claim.
- If your employee confirms that the claim was not them, have them complete the fraud reporting form
- UIfraud@detma.org with your Employer DUA number and Claimant ID found on the Monetary Determination Notice notifying them of the fraudulent claim
The fraud reporting form can be found on the Mass.gov website and looks like this:
Personal information you will need to submit includes:
- Date of birth
- Phone number
- Last 6 digits of your SSN
- Email address
- Driver’s license number or state-issued ID number
- Unemployment insurance claimant ID # OR PUA Claim ID #
You can find this at https://www.mass.gov/forms/unemployment-fraud-reporting-form