What to do if you are a victim of unemployment fraud

Kent Police release list of local, state, federal contacts

Kent Police sent out a notice Wednesday, May 13, about what people can do if they are a victim of unemployment fraud.

“As our region and nation are seeing an unprecedented number of legitimate unemployment claims, there are also a very large number of fraudulent unemployment benefit claims being filed,” according to a Kent Police Facebook post.

If you become aware of or suspect you have been a victim of unemployment fraud, you should report it to the Washington State Employment Security Department on its website or call 800-246-9763.

Employers can file on behalf of their employees by filling out an online template here: https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/unemployment-benefits-fraud

After you have reported to the Employment Security Department, file an online Kent Police report to make us aware of the fraud by visiting: https://www.kentwa.gov/residents/public-safety/police-department/file-a-police-report-online/fraud

You can further report suspected employment-related fraud to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), information is available at their website: www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/employment-related-identity-theft.

Editor’s note: This information was updated May 18.

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