Scam Alert - Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
The below information is for your protection, there is a serious scam going around as it relates to fraudulent unemployment applications for people who may not be unemployed:
Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Informational Notification:
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) administers the unemployment insurance program for the State of Illinois. Any individual who has not filed an unemployment claim but has received a debit card or an unemployment insurance (UI) finding a letter in the mail. Needs to report it immediately to the Corporate Office Payroll Department.
It is imperative that individuals take the following steps if you have not filed an unemployment claim and have erroneously received an unemployment debit card or UI finding letter in the mail.
1. A letter will be sent so you that you can sign and have notarized.
2. Do not activate the debit card that is mailed to you. Retain for your Records.
3. Have your credit report checked for possible suspicious activity and post a fraud alert.
4. You can generate a FREE credit report. (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion)
Here is the link: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action
5. File a Police Report.
6. Report the FRAUD to IDES State Unemployment.
Here is the link: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/Reporting_Unemployment_Insurance_Fraud.aspx
7. For further information. Here is that link: https://www.ssa.gov/antifraudfacts/
8. File a complaint to report the identity theft (FTC): https://identitytheft.gov/
Full guidance is available at the FTC, 'What to do right away'.
9. You can place a FREE one-year FRAUD ALERT on your credit reports by contacting any one of the three nationwide credit reporting companies online OR through their toll-free numbers. The bureau you contact must tell the other two.
- Equifax: 800-525-6285
- Experian: 888-397-3742
- Trans Union: 800-680-7289
10.If you receive a 2020 1099-G Statement from IDES, on the month of January, Please contact the payroll office.
11. Report the Fraud to the IRS. Complete the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit Form. (Enclosed)
For further information. Here is the link: https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/employment-related-identity-theft