The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and the North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES) have both seen a recent increase in fraud against the state’s unemployment benefits system. Scammers who obtain stolen identifying information online attempt to file fraudulent unemployment claims in other people’s names.
While DES has taken action to put fraud safeguard in place, you should be on the lookout for claims using your identity. If you or your employer receive a notice from DES for a claim you did not submit, you can report suspected unemployment fraud to DES using the online Fraud Report Form at des.nc.gov/fraud or by calling the Fraud Hotline at 984-465-9224.
Citizens are reminded to protect their personal information. Never give out your Social Security number, bank account number, or any other personal information unless you’re sure of where it’s going. If you believe that you have been the victim of a scam, contact the Attorney General’s office’s Consumer Protection Division at ncdoj.gov or 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.