For immediate release
July 24, 2020
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – State Representative Mary Edly-Allen (D-Libertyville) is warning residents about a widespread fraud scheme that uses the identity of individuals to wrongfully claim unemployment insurance (UI).
“It is deeply disturbing to see scammers taking advantage of a crisis that has wreaked havoc on families across our community,” said Edly-Allen. “Coupled with the fact that many residents are already struggling to receive real unemployment benefits, this news is appalling.”
The Illinois Department of Employment Services (IDES) is cracking down on a fraud scheme that is targeting every state’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs. In this scheme, individuals are having their identity used to file for (UI) and are then receiving unemployment debit cards in the mail. If an individual receives a debit card or an UI letter in the mail, they should immediately call IDES at 800.814.0513 and select option 1 for claimants and then option 5 to report identity theft. In addition, individuals who receive debit cards should not activate their cards and should have their credit report checked for suspicious activity.
“Pandemic unemployment assistance was meant to help our communities by acting as a financial safety net from the unanticipated effects of COVID-19,” added Edly-Allen. “If you believe that you are a victim of this fraudulent activity, please report it to IDES and file a police report as soon as possible.”
Citizens who are a victim of this scheme should contact their local police department and call IDES at 800.814.0513.
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