Unemployment Scam Uses Victim’s Name, Social Security Number
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The Illinois Attorney General has issued a consumer alert about an identity theft scam related to unemployment systems. 

Here’s how it works: A victim will receive a debit card and an unemployment letter from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) approving the victim for unemployment benefits – that were never requested.

This means that the scammer, pretending to be the victim, most likely applied for benefits using the victim’s name and Social Security number.

If you receive a debit card, which is how Illinoisans receive unemployment payments, and an unemployment letter without having enrolled for benefits, here’s what to do: 

  • Call the Illinois Identity Theft Hotline at 866-999-5630 for one-on-one assistance in reporting the crime to local law enforcement and financial institutions, repairing credit and preventing future problems. 

  If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by  sending an email

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