Unemployment benefit identity theft on the rise

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AUSTIN, Texas (Nexstar) – Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today, that unemployment benefits identity theft has risen in Texas.

“Unscrupulous criminals are victimizing Texans by stealing their identities and filing false unemployment claims. If you receive documents from the Texas Workforce Commission regarding benefits claims you did not make, remain vigilant, report it, and take appropriate steps to protect your identity,” said Attorney General Paxton.  

Tips have been provided on how to deal with the process:

  1. If you have received information that a claim was filed using your identity and you did not file for unemployment benefits report the identity theft claim on the Texas Workforce Commission’s online website. The online portal will have information on filing methods.

2. Anyone who receives a letter from the TWC asking to verify an identity using ID.me that did not file a claim should not complete the verification and report it TWC.

3. Victims of identity theft should notify their employers because employers will receive a “Notice of Application for Unemployment Benefits” from TWC notifying a claim was filed.

4. Texans should inform their employers to respond to the notice that the claim was filed by an imposter.

Even with these tips, it is still advised that Texans educate and protect themselves regarding identity theft.

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