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November 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 10
Be Aware of UI Fraud
We encourage all employers and businesses to be aware of the increase in Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits fraud. Our local offices have received several calls from businesses in Southeast Texas requesting assistance for fraudulent UI claims that adversely impact the identity of owners or other business representatives.

If you have identified activity that is deemed fraudulent, you are advised to take the following steps:

  1. Contact the Police department in the city in which you reside and get an incident report and number.
  2. Consult the Federal Trade Commission website (checklist of further actions is available on this site)
  3. Contact one of the three credit reporting agencies listed below, and:
    1. Ask that a free fraud alert be placed on your credit report.
    2. Ask for a free credit report (you only need to contact one of the three agencies because the law requires the agency to call to contact the other two.)
    3. If needed, ask to have your credit account frozen.
      • Equifax - 800-349-9960
      • Experian - 888-397-3742
      • TransUnion - 888-909-8872
  4. If bank or credit union account was compromised, contact the fraud department of each institution. Report the identity theft and, if needed, ask them to close or freeze the compromised account.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has established the TWC Fraud and Abuse Hotline, (800) 252-3642, available 24 hours a day. Businesses or individuals who receive correspondence from TWC when no claim has been filed should report it through the fraud submission portal: https://mft.twc.state.tx.us/form/UIfraudENG.

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