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Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Social Security

February 4, 2021 • By

Last Updated: March 23, 2021

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. You can find information on how to report fraud on the Department of Labor’s website.

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. Alexandra Glickman

    Someone filed UI IN NYS Dept of Labor using my SS# and personal information; therefore the perpetrators have my SS# in their possession. how can I protect my SS# not being using by the perpetrators in the future? Is there a pin number I should apply for and get? Thank you

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  2. cathreine d Hubbard

    How do I know if someone is claiming to be me? My phone was hacked and they tried to get my money off a net spend prepaid card. Please contact me Thank you

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    • Vonda

      Hi Cathreine, thanks for using our blog. Generally, identity theft issues are handled by the Federal Trade Commission. Visit http://www.identitytheft.gov to report identity theft and get a recovery plan or call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338).

      Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on what you can do if you think someone is using your Social Security number.

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    • juli stiffler

      NetSpend debit card and benefits redirected. when the suspect wires into my connection in order to falsify data in order to retain my benefits.

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    • Sonia Singleton

      What does it mean when I’m signing into my account online it says do i wanna download bec-apply-ui

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      • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

        Hi, Sonia. If you are encountering a problem with your personal my Social Security account, you may:
        •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
        •Contact your local Social Security office.

        If you are referring to an account for unemployment, please contact your state or local social services or welfare office for assistance. Thanks!

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  3. Eileen O

    My ss# was used with unemployment and I have a fraud case started with unemployment what would be my next steps to protect my ss# from being used again????

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    • Vonda

      Hi Eileen, thanks for using our blog. Generally, identity theft issues are handled by the Federal Trade Commission. Visit http://www.identitytheft.gov to report identity theft and get a recovery plan or call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338).

      Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on what you can do if you think someone is using your Social Security number.

      Reply
  4. Rachel

    What does this mean?
    “Do you want to download “bec-apply-ui”?”
    Thank you

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    • Nancy S

      I’m having the same problem because I can’t get to the percent bar now when that comes up.

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    • Nyna N

      Same.

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    • Z

      Same problem for me my recent claim also isn’t displaying. Hopefully this isn’t because I got denied and they want me to apply for unemployment?

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      • Paul

        Did you fond out what that meant?

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      • Sonia S

        I was thinking the same thing

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    • Sonia Singleton

      Been wondering same thing mines started Friday

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      • PC

        Did you get answers? It only does it from a phone — displays the ‘BEC-APPLY-UI’ not on a computer. The login on the computer still shows the percentage in the process.

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  6. Debra Hamm

    I found out someone was drawing unemployment in my name and using my ss number. I reported it to the prepaid card and got it stopped with them I have filed a police report and tried filing my own claim but still cannot get through to the proper people to have it taken off my name. I have been trying since the first of January idk what to do now.

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