A Warning on Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

HMFCUFraud Alert, News

We have received an increase in questions from our members receiving notices that their social security number has been used for an unemployment claim from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Nationwide, people have been victimized by criminal actors impersonating people and using stolen identities to submit fraudulent unemployment insurance claims online.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant and be on the lookout for these suspicious activities:

  • Receiving communications regarding unemployment insurance forms when you have not applied for unemployment benefits
  • Unsolicited inquires related to unemployment benefits
  • Unauthorized transactions on your bank or credit card statements related to unemployment benefits
  • Any fees involved in filing or qualifying for unemployment insurance

If you have become a victim of identity theft related to a fraudulent unemployment compensation claim, or subsequently learn of becoming such a victim, there are several reporting options available to you:

  • Texas Workforce Commission Fraud Hotline: 800-252-3642 (main number) or 1-800-735-2988
  • Social Security Fraud Hotline, Office of the Inspector General-Social Security Fraud, P.O. Box 17785, Baltimore, Maryland 21235-7785; phone 800-269-0271
  • IRS Fraud Hotline: 1-800-829-0433 or www.irs.gov
  • Contact TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian, the three (3) credit bureaus to have a flag placed on your reports