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​Unemployment Compensation Fraud​

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. Cashing the checks or using directly deposited funds knowing that you have not applied for any unemployment program may be deemed fraud and repayment will be required.

Recognize and Avoid UC Scams 

Fraudsters 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.

Following are some warning signs of a possible scam:

    • 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.


In general, take these steps to protect yourself against unemployment scams:

  1. Never give out your personal information over email or text message.

  2. Do not wire money, and always ignore the following requests: 

    • Communications related to your UC benefits from someone asking for money;

    • Someone who says they can help you file for your benefits for a fee; and

    • Anyone claiming to work for L&I who says they need a fee to complete your application.

  3. Do not open or respond to unsolicited emails or text messages.

    • The UC SMS system is only used to alert claimants when a UC representative will be calling. Please save the 888-313-7284 - UC Hotline to verify calls or texts are from the UC Service Center.

  4. Never give out your personal information on websites or social media channels – especially those that claim they can help you apply for UC benefits. Third parties can’t apply for your benefits.

  5. Do not trust or rely on UC info from unofficial websites – always visit for Pennsylvania unemployment program information.

  6. If you file a claim, save the following unemployment number to your phone so you know you’re receiving a legitimate call from L&I:

    • 888-313-7284 - UC Hotline

We will ask you for some personal identification information including the last four digits of your Social Security number if we call you, but we will not ask for your full SSN unless you call us.