Increase of Unemployment Insurance Fraud Against University Employees

Multiple federal and state agencies are reporting an increase in fraudulent unemployment claims exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically of public sector employees.

Within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) is investigating several cases where unemployment claims appear to have been fraudulently submitted by unknown individuals posing as university employees.

Victims of unemployment benefits fraud should immediately report this issue to the NYS Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Program, NYS Department of Labor, Office of Special Investigations, Bldg 12 - Room 200, W. Averell Harriman Campus, Albany, NY 12240; available online using the link above or by telephone: 1-888-598-2077.

Victims may also file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General using their website or by telephone at 1-800-771-7755. You may additionally report the incident to the U.S. Secret Service by emailing gioc.specialops@usss.dhs.gov and to the Federal Trade Commission. Additionally, under federal law, victims of fraud are entitled to receive a free copy of their credit reports.

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