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APD has received several reports of fraudulent unemployment claims from many local residents who are still working and have not filed for unemployment.

If you are a victim, visit the Washington State Employment Security Department's website to file a claim and closely monitor your accounts for other fraudulent activity.

Please note that the Washington State Employment Security Department's website is the best contact for victims since they issue a claim number and can deny and cancel fraudulent claims. If you have filed a claim on this site, there is no longer a need to call 911 to speak with an officer.

https://www.esd.wa.gov/unemployment/unemployment-benefits-fraud

Information you will need to provide when reporting benefit fraud:

  • Your full name
  • Last 4 numbers of your Social Security number (never put your full SSN in an email)
  • Your address
  • Your date of birth
  • Brief description of how you found out an imposter-fraud claim was filed using your information
  • Please let them know: If an imposter-fraud claim was filed using your information, do you give us permission to deny and cancel it?

Steps you can take if you believe you are a victim of fraud:

  • Go to the FTC identity theft website: www.identitytheft.gov for great resources on reporting
  • Request your free credit reports via www.annualcreditreport.com  nd review them for other fraudulent activities
  • Go to atg.wa.gov/recovering-identity-theft-or-fraud for additional tips from the Washington State Attorney General