The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) processes unemployment claims for the state of Washington and has indicated there has been a dramatic rise in fraudulent filing of unemployment claims affecting employees from the public and private sector. Read ESD statement here
If WSU employees receive communication from the Employment Security Department regarding an unemployment claim they did not file, employees should immediately report the fraud to ESD by going to the Fraud page on the ESD website and using the Fraud Reporting Form. The secure form will ask for information including your full name, date of birth, last four of your SSN, contact information and other relevant information necessary for ESD to initiate action. Communication regarding the claim will occur between ESD and the employee.
In addition to reporting the fraud to ESD, recommendations to protect your identity include:
- Go to the FTC identity theft website, https://www.identitytheft.gov/. This resource has the most current, detailed step by step process for reporting and protecting people from further victimization.
- Request your free credit reports via https://www.annualcreditreport.com/and review them for fraudulent activities.
- Find additional tips from the Washington State Attorney General atatg.wa.gov/recovering-identity-theft-or-fraud.
More information can be found at:
Employment Security Department – https://esd.wa.gov/
ESD Unemployment Fraud –https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/unemployment-benefits-fraud