There has been a reported recent uptick in fraudulent claims benefits processed through the Department of Labor. The Connecticut Department of Labor's Integrity Unit can assist residents if someone has submitted an unemployment application in their name. People who are alerted that an imposter claim has been filed in their name are asked to notify the Department immediately using an ID Theft Report Form on the agency's website.
ID theft victims should also file a police report with the local police department. A copy of the report can be provided to creditors and credit agencies. Victims should then change passwords on email, banking, and other personal accounts. The next step includes making a list of credit card companies, banks, and other financial institutions to tell about the identity theft, and ask them to put a fraud alert on accounts.
Victims should also request a copy of credit reports to dispute any fraudulent transactions, and check that all the accounts that are open are yours. You can request credit reports online from the 3 major credit reporting agencies of Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. A credit freeze can be placed with each of the 3 major credit reporting agencies by calling or going online.
The Department of Labor is warning individuals to watch out for phishing scams through e-mail, social media, and text. They suggest using different passwords for social media, banking, email, and other accounts--and to change those passwords regularly.