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Unemployment Insurance Fraud


Scammers have exploited pandemic unemployment insurance programs by filing for benefits using stolen names and Social Security numbers.  Tens of thousands of Ohioans are believed to have been impacted.

Signs you are a victim of this type of fraud include:
  • You received a 1099G tax form from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) but never received unemployment benefits.
  • You received a state benefits card in the mail you were not expecting.
  • Your employer received a letter from ODJFA wrongly claiming you filed for unemployment.
  • You received an unemployment insurance fraud notification letter from ODJFS.

If you suspect your identity was misused by scammers, take the following steps:


  • Report the fraud to ODJFS at or call 833-658-0394
  • Alert your employer, who should then use the employer portal at the above listed email to report fraudulent claims.
  • File a complaint with your local police and/or notify federal authorities through
  • Check all three detailed credit reports and place a fraud alert on your credit
  • File an identity theft report at to get s step-by-step ID theft recovery plan tailored to you.  Taking the steps on the plan can prevent scammers from using your information in other frauds.

Cuyahoga County residents can also call Scam Squad at 216-443-SCAM (7226) to speak to an investigator.

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