Suspected Unemployment Insurance fraud and identity theft information

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has provided guidance regarding reporting fraud or identity theft when it is suspected that someone else used their information to collect Unemployment Insurance benefits.  In cases where applicants or recipients state that Unemployment Insurance claims have been filed using personal identifying information without their knowledge or consent, counties should help households to report suspected Unemployment Insurance fraud and identity theft.  CDSS has provided a notice to inform clients of resources for reporting suspected identity theft or benefits fraud

In cases of identity theft, counties cannot require any proof such as a police report or documents from the Employment Development Department.  A signed affidavit is acceptable verification for resolving reporting discrepancies.  (ACWDL, January 29, 2021.)