Are you a victim of unemployment fraud?

The pandemic has led to a surge in unemployment claims, and identity thieves are taking advantage. If you received a Form 1099-G, a notice from the State Workforce Agency, or a communication from your employer about unemployment benefits you did not receive, it may be because your identity has been stolen and someone is receiving unemployment payments in your name.

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If you received a notification or a form 1099-G but did not receive unemployment benefits, it may be because your identity has been stolen.

Aura Identity Guard, a leader in identity theft protection and digital security, is Thomas & Company’s preferred provider of services to assist in responding to the fraudulent unemployment claim.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have been a victim of unemployment fraud?

There are several ways that you will find out that you are a victim of unemployment fraud:

  • You receive an IRS Form 1099‐G showing benefits collected from unemployment insurance.
  • You receive a notification from the State Unemployment Agency.
  • You are notified by your employer that a claim has been filed while you are still employed.
  • You try to file a claim for unemployment benefits and learn that a claim has already been filed.

What is an IRS Form 1099-G and why is it important?

A Form 1099-G is a tax form that is most commonly used to report the unemployment compensation you received that year. If you received a 1099-G, you may need to report information it contains on your tax return and you could be responsible for paying taxes on income listed on the 1099-G. You can learn more about the Form 1099-G here.

I did not receive unemployment benefits in 2020. Why did I get a Form 1099-G?

If you received a Form 1099-G but did not receive an unemployment payment in 2020, it may be that you are a victim of unemployment fraud. This means your identity has been stolen and a fraudulent unemployment claim was filed using your personal information. To learn more about unemployment fraud visit our FAQ page for employees.

What should I do if I am a victim of unemployment fraud?

  • Do not ignore the Form 1099-G. Failing to report information from the 1099-G on your tax return could mean having to owe more on your taxes as well as potential penalties and interest.
  • Resolve the claim and protect yourself from future incidents. If your personal information has been compromised, you may be exposed to additional threats like someone accessing your bank account, savings or 401K investment, being charged with a crime you didn’t commit, or even being held responsible for fraudulent medical claims.‌ You should take all steps necessary to resolve the fraudulent claim and continue to monitor your digital and financial identity. Visit the Aura Identity Guard page to find out how Aura Identity Guard can help you address a potentially fraudulent unemployment claim and provide ongoing identity theft protection.

How will Aura Identity Guard help me resolve a potentially fraudulent unemployment claim and identity theft?

  • Aura Identity Guard subscribers call a dedicated phone line to report fraud. Aura Identity Guard will assign you a dedicated Aura Identity Guard Case Manager who will be your single point of contact and help you every step of the way. Your Case Manager will:
    1. Determine the severity of the threat by checking with the three national credit bureaus to see if there is evidence of identity theft beyond the unemployment claim.
    2. Attempt to find out how your identity was stolen and where your personal information was compromised. You’ll also receive help determining which accounts you need to reset passwords for.
    3. Help you remedy the fraudulent unemployment claim and any other fraud that has been detected. This includes advising you on how to file an updated 1099-G with the IRS.
    4. Continue to monitor your account for any suspicious activity and reach out if there are any new alerts or threats.
    5. Aura Identity Guard will continue to monitor and protect your financial, personal, and social identity – and provide real-time alerts of suspicious activity.

Visit the Aura Identity Guard page to learn more about how you can get assistance handling the fraudulent unemployment claim and protect yourself from further threats with your stolen information.

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About Aura Identity Guard

Aura Identity Guard identity theft assistance and monitoring services are performed solely by Aura or its affiliates.  While Aura is Thomas & Company’s preferred provider of these services, Aura and Thomas & Company are independent companies, and Thomas & Company is not involved in providing or responsible for the services provided by Aura.