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Unemployment Insurance Claim Fraud
Maumelle, AR
07/27/2020 02:04 PM

Unemployment Insurance Claim Fraud

Major Continuing Problem in Arkansas

Unemployment Insurance Fraud continues to be a major problem in Arkansas. The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services has created a document titled “Be Aware, Report Fraud, Protect Yourself.” The document covers the following points:

Be Aware – It Can Happen to Anyone! Unemployment Insurance (UI) fraud is a crime that affects everyone and it can impact anyone! Criminal enterprises using stolen person information from earlier national data breaches have been attempting to file fraudulent unemployment claims. This is part of a national unemployment fraud scheme. If you believe someone has filed unemployment insurance in your name, you need to report it immediately.

How to Recognize Scams. No fees – there is no fee related to unemployment benefits. False websites – make sure to only use official ADWS websites for filing unemployment claims. No requests for social security numbers/bank information – ADWS does not send text messages, e-mails or initiate calls to claimants requesting that they provide their social security numbers and/or personal banking information. No surveys – ADWS does not pay claimants to take surveys.

How to Report Fraud. Report to ADWS via their secure reporting form here. Or send an e-mail to ADWS.InternalAudit@arkansas.gov, or call 501-682-1058. ADWS will protect your identity and all tips received are investigated regardless of how much information is provided. File a police report with your local police department. After you file a report, get a copy of the report that you can provide to your local Arkansas workforce center here.

Now more than ever it is incumbent on every employer to carefully monitor and scrutinize all correspondence from the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services (ADWS).

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for electronic correspondence from ADWS. Otherwise, you will likely not know about unemployment insurance claims until your mail arrives, is opened, reviewed and understood.

Whoever in your HR Department monitors unemployment insurance needs to check your account twice weekly. Otherwise, this problem may get ahead of your company and you will have trouble catching up.

More information for dealing with Unemployment Insurance fraud can be found by clicking here

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