Employed or Not, You May Be the Victim of Unemployment Fraud
Unemployment fraud is rampant in Oklahoma, and you could be a victim without even knowing it. How? Fraudsters use your stolen information to file for unemployment in hopes of getting the check. Here’s how you can stay vigilant:
What to do if you get a letter and you have not applied:
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) has asked victims to report any suspicious OESC letters by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of these fraudulent letters include the victim’s Social Security number along with a home address.
When sending the email, OESC recommends including your name or company name, the claim ID number and/or OESC account number showing up on the documentation you received, and your email address.
How to protect yourself:
It is important to monitor your credit report and ensure your information is accurate and up to date. With the recent increase in fraudulent activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, AnnualCreditReport.com is offering free weekly access to Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports through April 2021.
Take advantage of TFCU Shred Days (link) to dispose of unneeded paperwork containing personal information.
Change your passwords every 90 days and avoid using easily guessed information. We recommend creating a password that is at least eight characters long and is a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Learn more about how to protect your passwords here.