Unemployment Imposter Fraud in Washington State

by WSCPA | May 22, 2020

Update (May 22, 2020): Cyber security expert says be proactive to prevent unemployment fraud (Q13 Fox News):

"Create the account on the ESD website first even if you don’t need it, even if you’re not going to apply for benefits. That will find out whether you have a compromised account or social security number." 


You may have heard this weekend about unemployment claims fraud in Washington State. We have heard from staff and members who have had false unemployment claims submitted in their name. The Washington State Employment Security Department released a statement on this last week. 

If you believe you are a victim of imposter fraud, go to esd.wa.gov/fraud and report it immediately using the instructions on that page.

Additional steps to take and resources to learn more if you believe your identity has been stolen:

  1. Go to the FTC identity theft website, identitytheft.gov. This resource has the most current, detailed step by step process for reporting and protecting people from further victimization.
  2. Request your free credit reports via annualcreditreport.com and review them for other fraudulent activities.
  3. Find additional tips from the Washington State Attorney General at atg.wa.gov/recovering-identity-theft-or-fraud.

We’re monitoring this situation and will share additional information as it becomes available. 

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