The Employment Security Department (ESD) has seen a dramatic rise in imposter fraud. Fraudulent applications are being submitted to ESD for unemployment benefits and benefits from other ESD programs. Employees may receive a notice from ESD stating that you filed a claim. If you receive a notice from ESD and did not file a legitimate claim, please contact the Human Resource Division immediately by email at Laura.Barnhart@wsp.wa.gov.
If you are a victim of unemployment fraud you should also immediately contact ESD by using the Fraud Reporting Form available here: https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/unemployment-benefits-fraud.
The Washington State Attorney General's Office has resources for victims of identity theft, available here: https://www.atg.wa.gov/recovering-identity-theft-or-fraud. Identity theft is a felony. It is recommended that you report the crime to the police department in the city where you live, or county sheriff's office if you live in an unincorporated area of your county.
If you are a victim of fraud you should contact the Federal Trade Commission to report identity theft, the Social Security Administration to flag your social security number for fraud monitoring, and one or more of the three primary credit reporting agencies. The relevant contact information is below.
Federal Trade Commission
Identity Theft Resources: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft
Identity Theft Reporting: https://www.identitytheft.gov/
The Human Resource Division is refuting all fraudulent claims and will be contacting all employees affected to ensure resources are available as soon as the WSP receives notification of the fraudulent claim. If you have any questions please contact Laura Barnhart via email at Laura.Barnhart@wsp.wa.gov.
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