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Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Social Security

February 4, 2021 • By

Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Social SecurityScammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to file fraudulent unemployment claims, often using someone else’s identity. Scammers may even use the identity of someone who is receiving or applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

SSI applicants and recipients who begin to receive—or seemingly begin to receive—State Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits could appear to be ineligible for SSI benefits. They could even appear to be overpaid because of an unemployment claim filed in their name.

These UI fraud schemes are widespread and affect most states. The United States Secret Service is investigating more than 500 claims in over 40 states related to unemployment fraud.

At Social Security, we’re taking steps to verify whether SSI applicants and recipients are victims of UI fraud. We will not reduce or terminate your payments due to a fraudulent unemployment claim. If you suspect you may be a victim of fraud, report it to your state fraud hotline.  You may also report suspicions of fraud to your local unemployment office.

Remember that scammers always look for a chance to exploit your fears. Don’t fall for their tactics—and guard your personal information. Make sure to check out our past blog articles covering scams to stay informed. Please share this information with your friends and family—and let’s help each other stay vigilant.


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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. MARION P POLINCHAK

    I have not rec’d my 1099 for Tax report from Social Security. today is 2/15/2021

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    • Vonda

      Hi Marion. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page on how to obtain a replacement 1099. You also may be able to request a replacement SSA-1099 by using our automated telephone service at 1-800-772-1213. You can conduct the automated services 24 hours a day. At the prompt, indicate that you’re requesting a replacement SSA-1099. We hope this helps.

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  2. Amarie

    I received
    A Reliacard in the mail for someone with my first name but incorrect last name. I’ve not applied for UI benefits. I filed a fraud claim with the issuing bank and the Colorado UI as well as with Equifax who will notify the other two credit bureaus. Equifax said to notify you (SSA). Is there something I need to file with you? I do not receive anything other than Medicare right now. Thanks

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    • Vonda

      Hi Amarie, thanks for using our blog. If you receive Supplemental Security Income benefits, and you suspect UI fraud, you should contact your local Social Security Office immediately. For more details, check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page.

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  4. Norma Hayman

    SC Employment office is telling me that my ss# shows up under a different name and that I have to upload a verification of my identity and social security number through your office. What do I do???

    Reply
    • Vonda

      Hi Norma, thanks for using our blog. You can call your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

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  5. Susana Tafoya

    Hello
    My 80 year old retired elderly friend got a letter from CDLE saying her claim for unemployment benefits was received ..if you have reason to believe someone has applied..using your information. Yes this was not her doing . She does not have an email or computer. Can I report the fraud via fraud protection using my email? Susana

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    • Vonda

      Hi Susana, thanks for using our blog. Please check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for details on what you can do if someone files a claim using your information.

      Reply

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