Hey folks, wasn’t sure where to put this or if it deserved its own thread but I thought maybe someone else might be running into the same problem I have. My wife and I work for the same employer in the Seattle area, and yesterday she got an email from our HR department notifying of a possibly fraudulent unemployment claim filed on her behalf. She is still working, so responded that she had not filed for unemployment, and filled out a bunch of documents with the state, as well as possible identity theft with the IRS and other agencies. She heard this might have happened to a lot of people and this morning, I got the same email so I’ve got to fill out documentation to hopefully protect myself as well.
I don’t know the breadth of this, if there was some massive database breach or other hackery or general info theft going on, but when you think about it this is probably a perfect opportunity for some enterprising thief. So many people getting laid off or furloughed, submitting for unemployment benefits, why not just push a bunch more through and see what happens? I just figured if it’s happening to us it might be happening to other people, so keep an eye on your info folks.
edit: found more info that says the WA state attorney general’s office has confirmed the problem is widespread, ‘affecting many larger employers in our state.’