In response to continuing reports of unemployment benefit-related scams targeting Illinoisans, State Representative Dan Brady today warned local families and seniors to be vigilant, and to report unsolicited offers of assistance, or benefits not applied for.
“My office is receiving an increasing numbers of calls from constituents who have received debit cards in the mail-supposed payment for benefits they never applied for. Others, still waiting for benefits they did apply for, are being contacted by individuals offering to expedite their payments if they share their personal information or pay a fee. Don’t activate these cards or provide any information to callers. Report these scams immediately,” Rep. Brady said.
Rep. Brady said the Illinois Department of Employment Security has issued the following tips for those who believe they have been targeted for unemployment-related fraud:
▪ Immediately call IDES at 800.814.0513, select option 1 for claimants, then option 5 to report identity theft.
▪ Do not activate the debit card that was mailed to you.
▪ Have your credit report checked for possible suspicious activity and post a fraud alert.
Rep. Brady noted that the Federal Trade Commission’s website also offers tips on how to recognize and respond to identity theft related fraud.
“If you’re suspicious, call my office or the Department of Employment Security for more information on what to do to stop these scammers,” Rep. Brady said.