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​​Reporting Fraud - Employers

How to Report

Log in to the UC Benefits system and respond to the "Notice of Claim Filed" that the person is not laid off. This will add an automatic issue to the claim when the system sees your answer differs from the fraudsters. 

If you cannot log in to the new UC System, please reference the Employer Login Guide. If you cannot access the new UC System, but are a SIDES user, refer to the SIDES E-Response system guide to report fraudulent claims.  

Benefit Charges

If no benefits are paid on the claim, there are no charges.

If benefits are paid, and you are charged, the charges are automatically reversed when the overpayment is set up. In cases of identity theft, after the investigation, the department will create a “Third Party Fraud Pseudo Claim,” and any charges to your account will be removed. "Relief from Charges" should not be requested and is not a factor in this process. This is the normal overpayment process.

What you Should Expect

While the volume of new fraud reports continues to decline, L&I staff are still working through a sizeable number of fraudulent filings from prior months – those paid claims must be handled individually.

Due to an unprecedented number of UC claims (and, by default, fraudulent UC claims), it may take an extended time for these claims to be properly denied and overpaid and for you to be credited. Be advised that while our team sifts through thousands of claims, payments may continue to be made, which means you could continue to receive charges until the overpayment is done and you are automatically credited. Please DO NOT report these claims a second time or call to inquire about a status; our staff is on top of the issue and continues to work on reports as they come in.

Communications you will Receive

You will receive the usual paperwork when the claim has been handled. That is how you will know a claim was completed, and you should expect credits soon (if you had been charged).

As always, employers who have any questions for the Department about unemployment-related issues should use our online Employer Quick Guide to contact the correct area for help.

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Report Unemployment Tax Fraud

  • Types of fraudulent conduct may include: 
  • Payment of wages under the table 
  • Failure to register as an employer with the Department of Labor & Industry 
  • Failure to report all employees or wages paid 
  • Assisting an employee in filing a fraudulent claim for UC benefits. 
  • Manipulating payrolls by improperly shifting workers between employer accounts to use a lower contribution tax rate. This is called State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA) dumping. 

Learn more about Preventing & Reporting Employer UC Fraud.

Report UC Tax Fraud

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Report Fraud Here."

Report by Phone

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

Report by Mail or Fax

Report fraudulent activity using the following address or fax number.

Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor & Industry
Internal Audits
651 Boas Street, Room 1107
Harrisburg, PA 17121-0751
Fax: 717-772-0983

You may remain anonymous or give your name and a way to be contacted if additional information is needed.​​

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​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.