Unemployment Compensation Fraud

The Swatara Township Police Department would like to inform the public of a recent Unemployment Compensation scam that has been taking place in the area. Multiple residents have reported receiving information that they have filed for this compensation, when in fact they had not. If you feel that you have been the victim of Unemployment Compensation fraud, please report that fact to your local Police Department. See below for additional information.

The following information was taken from the Office of Unemployment Compensation’s official government website.  Visit their website for more information and to report fraud:

What is Unemployment Compensation Fraud?

The scammers behind the fraud appear to be using Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to apply for and receive unemployment benefits.  In many situations, the victims are unaware that their personal information has been compromised.

The following are warning signs for possible unemployment compensation scams:

For workers – Receiving any type of correspondence that you filed an unemployment claim when you did not file a claim for benefits.

For employers – If you notice a claim has been filed for one or more of your employees who are still working.

What should I do if I am a victim?

If you were a victim of ID Theft, it is very important to report the fraud activity to the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) and return the money.  Doing so will remove these fraudulent payments from being reported as income on the end of the year 1099G distribution.

Unemployment Compensation Fraud is a very serious matter.  The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is committed to preventing, identifying, and blocking scams and is continuing its aggressive efforts to do so, including:

Cross matching data with other state agencies and across the country to detect fraud activity.

Working with the U.S. Department of Labor to prevent and detect fraudulent activities related to UC.

We encourage Pennsylvanians to remain vigilant and to report fraud or any potential concerns of fraud to L&I and their local police department.  Cashing the checks or using direct deposited funds knowing that you have not applied for unemployment assistance, or any other UC program may be deemed fraud and repayment will be required.

For more information, click here to be redirected to the PA Department of Labor and Industry.