In recent months, Colorado and other US states have seen an increase in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims. In a one-month period in Colorado, 48 thousand of 62 thousand unemployment filings were found to be fraudulent. Criminal gangs have been using stolen identity information sold and aggregated by other hackers to file unemployment claims in an attempt to redirect pandemic unemployment assistance money to their bank accounts.
If you receive an unemployment insurance approval letter or ReliaCard debit card in the mail but did not file a claim, please follow the steps below:
- Report the incident as fraud at https://cdle.colorado.gov/fraud-prevention
- If you received a U.S. Bank Reliacard, fill out the U.S Bank Form and contact U.S. Bank immediately at 1-855-279-1678. Tell them that a fraudulent unemployment claim was filed using your information, and ask them to deactivate the card.
- Place a fraud alert on your credit record with each of the three credit bureaus: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert
- Order a free credit report at https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action and review it for incorrect or fraudulent information
Regardless if you have been affected by identity theft, it may be prudent to put a freeze on your credit to limit the damage from possible future identity theft incidents. Follow the directions at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs for further guidance on placing a freeze on your credit.