Some active Montgomery County Schools (MCPS) employees recently reported receiving mail from the Maryland Department of Labor regarding their application for unemployment benefits. But the employees did not file for unemployment benefits. The State says they may be the victims of identity theft.
An unprecedented increase in unemployment fraud, primarily targeting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, is ongoing nationwide. Identity thieves are filing for unemployment benefits using other people's personal information. If you receive notification from the Maryland Department of Labor's Division of Unemployment Insurance about an unemployment claim you did not file, you will need to do the following:
In addition, the State suggests the following to protect yourself from future fraud attacks:
To learn more, read this press release from the Maryland Department of Labor.