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​How to Report Fraud

NOTE: Employers should NOT use the methods listed on this page to report fraud. Instead, please follow the instructions listed on the Employer Report Fraud page. 

Report Online

If you believe someone is using your identity to falsely claim unemployment benefits or know of someone who is claiming benefits illegally, learn how to report the fraud and what to do to protect yourself below.  

Report Unemployment Compensation (UC) Fraud

For UC -  scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Report Fraud Here"

Report Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Fraud

Report by Phone 

Call the PA Fraud Hotline at 1-800-692-7469, review the identity theft form to ensure you have all the information prepared to provide your report.  

 


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Additional steps:

You may also want to file a police report with the municipality you resided in at the time the fraud occurred. A copy of the police report must be provided to the Office of Unemployment Compensation. 


​How do I return benefits I did not apply for?

Any funds, debit cards, or checks returned to Labor & Industry should include a brief signed statement with the reason you are returning the received payment, card, or check and include your printed name, address, last four of your social security number, phone number and email address. 

​Direct Deposit

Anyone who receives a direct deposit and did not file for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania should not use the funds. Using the funds knowing that you have not applied for PUA or any other UC program may be deemed fraud and repayment will be required.

The funds should be returned to:

Department of Labor and Industry 
651 Boas St, Room 500 
Harrisburg, PA 17121

Payments must be made by personal check, cashier's check, certified check, or money order to the “PA UC Fund”.  

​Debit Card

(US Bank ReliaCard)

If you receive a debit card by error, do not activate the card. Please return the card to the address below.

Return by mail to: 

Pennsylvania Treasury Department 
651 Boas Street 
Room 400 L&I Building 
Harrisburg, PA 17120

​Checks

Do not cash any check if you have not filed for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania. Cashing the checks knowing that you have not applied for including PUA or any other UC program may be deemed fraud and repayment will be required. 
 
Individuals should write "void" on the check and return it to: 

Pennsylvania Treasury Department 
651 Boas Street 
Room 400 L&I Building 
Harrisburg, PA 17120

​What do I do if my account is showing a 'paid' status but I have not received payment(s)?

Review your method of payment for any unauthorized changes. If your payment method was changed to an account you do not recognize, you must contact PA Treasury at 877-869-1956 to have your method of payment changed back immediately.  

Next steps: This change will not necessarily be reflected on your profile.  
    1. You must then contact the UC service center at 888-313-7284 to open a ticket.  
    2. A UC staff member will review your claim for any additional unauthorized changes, complete a fraud report, and direct you to create a new Keystone ID account. You will be required to verify your identity with ID.me or use your ID.me login information if you’ve already verified with ID.me.  
    3. Your information will then be sent to our Internal Audits Division that will work with our Treasury department to re-issue any missing benefit payments. 

1099G Fraud Update

Because the 1099 forms are automatically generated for all claimants receiving unemployment compensation payments, the receipt of a 1099 form by a person who didn’t file for unemployment may indicate a case of identity fraud. 

If you received a 1099 tax form in the mail and did not file for unemployment, please report suspected fraud immediately. Our team will correct your income with the IRS and prevent any issues with your taxes. Please do not wait for a revised 1099 to file your taxes. 

Per the IRS, you can move forward with filing your taxes, reporting only your actual income and not fraudulent income reported in your name. In addition, you do not need to complete the additional form normally required by the IRS for reporting identity theft.

​While we appreciate your information, the Pennsylvania UC Law prevents the Department of Labor & Industry from disclosing an investigation or its results. However, we investigate all allegations that contain sufficient information to identify the suspected wrongdoer and the questionable activity.