While identity theft is a widespread national challenge, many Ohioans are finding their identities are being fraudulently used to file phony unemployment claims.
This is generally being discovered in two ways:
- The victim is notified by their employer that a verification letter has been received from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to verify that person is indeed no longer employed.
- The victim may receive a 1099-G tax form in the mail, showing they were paid unemployment compensation during the previous tax year (2020).
What to do
Because this problem is sharply becoming more common, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has made available detailed instructions on what a victim should do when it is suspected or determined that their identity has been fraudulently used for this purpose.
Specifically, this identity theft should be reported immediately to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services by accessing the website www.unemployment.ohio.gov, which will re-direct to https://unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov. From there, click on “Report Identity Theft”, which will then provide various options for learning what to do, and for reporting the situation.
In addition to the above websites, victims may call the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services at 833-658-0394 between 8 am and 5 pm., Monday through Friday, for assistance.
The Chagrin Falls Police Department works throughout the year in conjunction with the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs in battling various scams. As a reminder, if someone contacts you either by phone or by computer, and requests for you to purchase gift cards to:
- Post bail for a relative
- Pay a fine or fee to ANY government agency, or
- To claim lottery or sweepstakes winnings,
YOU ARE BEING SCAMMED!
You are reminded to call your local police department or contact the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs at 216-443-SCAM (7226) or at www.consumeraffairs.cuyahogacounty.us for immediate assistance.