A) I understand that this is a frustrating situation. It sounds like your Social Security number has been used by someone else to file for unemployment benefits. This is a common form of identity theft, and it can be difficult to resolve.
The first thing you should do is file a report with the Social Security Administration (SSA). You can do this online or by calling 1-800-772-1213. When you file a report, the SSA will create a fraud alert on your Social Security record. This will help to prevent someone else from using your number to open new accounts or file for benefits.
You should also contact your state’s unemployment office. They will be able to investigate the issue and determine if your benefits have been affected. If they have, they will help you to get the benefits that you are entitled to.
Here are some additional steps that you can take to protect yourself from identity theft:
- Place a fraud alert on your credit report. This will make it more difficult for someone to open new accounts in your name.
- Get a credit freeze. This will prevent anyone from accessing your credit report without your permission.
- Monitor your credit report regularly for any unauthorized activity.
- Be careful about sharing your personal information online or over the phone.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.