Unemployment fraud is on the rise here in the State of Washington and around the United States.
At a time when so many individuals need assistance, this can be disheartening to hear, but rest assured that Parker Staffing has protocols in place to mitigate fraud as best we can. We have compiled a list of information and resources below to protect yourself from identity theft, unemployment fraud, and how to respond if it happens.
Parker receives documentation from the Washington State Employment Security Department (WA ESD) each time an unemployment claim is filed, along with other documentation including wage verification and fraud inspection forms. Your Parker team reviews all of them carefully and responds to unemployment accordingly via US Mail. There are unprecedented amounts of claims being processed by unemployment, which is slowing some of the process so please remain diligent on your side as well and respond ASAP to any documentation that you receive from unemployment.
According to the guidance from WA ESD, one of the best ways to prevent fraud on your unemployment account is to have set up a SAW (Secure Access Washington) account.
By setting this account up you have effectively “claimed” your social security number which will flag if someone malicious attempts to set up an additional account in your name and prevent them from doing so. If you have received unemployment in the State of Washington in the past, the good news is that you already have a SAW account! We would suggest updating your password to something secure and not used by any other site (no past passwords either!).
If you are a victim of fraud, please follow these steps:
- Go to: https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/unemployment-benefits-fraud This is the states website where you can file a fraud report form online.
- Proceed to the FTC identity theft website to report it and for additional resources.
- Monitor your credit reports to inaccuracies and report discrepancies right away. You can receive a full report from all 3 major credit bureaus annually by going to www.annualcreditreport.com. You may also want to consider a credit lock with each bureau (this is free!).
- File a police report with your local police or sheriff department.
The unemployment department assures everyone that if they are a victim of fraud they will not be responsible to pay those funds back AND the funds are still available for you to use in the future should you need them. We hope this information will help keep you safe from identity theft and unemployment fraud. If you have any questions, please reach out! We will do our very best to assist in finding an answer for you.