A) I understand that you are concerned about someone using your name and information to get unemployment benefits. I can help you with this.
Here are the steps you can take to report unemployment fraud in Boston:
- File a police report. This is the first step you should take to protect yourself from identity theft. You can file a police report online or in person at your local police department.
- Contact the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). You can contact the DUA by phone, mail, or online. The phone number is 1-877-626-6800. The mailing address is: Department of Unemployment Assistance One Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108You can also report unemployment fraud online at the DUA website: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/report-unemployment-benefits-fraud
- Place a fraud alert on your credit report. This will prevent anyone from opening new accounts in your name without your permission. You can place a fraud alert by contacting the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
- Monitor your credit report for any unauthorized activity. You should check your credit report at least once a year, but you should do it more often if you think you have been a victim of identity theft. You can get a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus once a year at AnnualCreditReport.com.
I know that this is a stressful situation, but I am here to help. Please let me know if you have any questions.
In addition to the steps above, you may also want to contact your employer to let them know that someone may be using your name and information to file a fraudulent unemployment claim. Your employer may be able to help you with the investigation.
The penalty for unemployment fraud in Massachusetts is up to five years in prison. If you believe that someone is using your name and information to commit unemployment fraud, it is important to report it to the authorities as soon as possible.