Scammers are at it again! Kansas has seen an increase in the reports of fraudulent unemployment claims as crooks try to use personal data to illegally collect unemployment.

Fraudulent claims are being filed using the names and personal information of people who haven’t lost their jobs. People are often unaware a claim has been made on their behalf until they receive a notice from the Kansas Department of Labor or until their employer receives a notice to verify the employee’s status.

Scammers are getting personal information through things like credit card data breaches and then using that information to illegally attempt to collect unemployment. These fraudulent attempts are not due to a breach of the KDOL unemployment system or because of anything that you have done.

If you receive a report that a claim has been made for/against you, there are some things you can do to put a stop to it. Please visit dol.ks.gov/fraud for more information.