Beware of unemployment fraud

If you receive unemployment benefits that you never applied for, you may be the victim of a scam. Don’t respond to any calls, emails, or text messages telling you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards.

Police departments around Illinois are warning about fraudulent unemployment applications. Click here to read more.

If you have received an unemployment debit card or letter in the mail which you did not apply for, you should immediately take the following steps:

  • Contact the Illinois Department of Employment Security at 1-800-814-0513 to report the identity theft
  • Do NOT activate the debit card
  • Have your credit report checked for suspicious activity
  • Go to the Federal Trade Commission’s website to find out more about how to spot and report identity theft