(UNDATED) – The Indiana State Police (ISP) and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) are reminding Hoosiers to stay vigilant when it comes to protecting one’s identity from theft.
DWD has seen the number of fraudulent attempts to file unemployment insurance claims spike to COVID-19 and the additional financial assistance available through federal programs such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
With tax season here, Hoosiers who may have had their personal information compromised could encounter problems when filing their taxes.
DWD works closely with the Indiana State Police, US Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, FBI, Secret Service, and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, as well as several banking partners to ensure appropriate prosecution and recovery of funds where possible, once identity theft is discovered.
If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, do the following:
- File a report with DWD via this page: www.in.gov/dwd/indiana-unemployment/fraud/.
- File an electronic report with the Indiana State Police by filling out a form available at www.in.gove/dwd/indiana-unemployment/fraud/ and email it to email@example.com. If you are currently unemployed contact your employer’s human resource department so they can protest your claim with DWD.
- File a report with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov
- File an Identity Theft Affidavit (IRS form 10439) through www.irs.gov
- Notify the credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion)
- The FBI also encourages victims to report fraudulent or any suspicious activity to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. You may consult http://identitytheft. com in help in reporting and recovering from identity theft.
- File an identity theft report with the Attorney General’s Office at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2895.htm