Guarding Against Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

This week, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted reminded Ohioans to be on alert for fraudulent unemployment insurance (UI) claims as criminals are filing fake claims on behalf of real people who have not lost their jobs. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has identified at least 3,000 cases of fake unemployment claims.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that employees learn about UI fraud when they get a notice from their state unemployment benefits office or their employer regarding their supposed application for benefits. If this happens to one of your employees, it means someone is misusing their personal information — and the FTC recommends quick action by taking these steps.

For more resources on how to guard against fraud, see this checklist on avoiding scams. If you think you have been a victim of fraud, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office. 6/18/2020