Have you received an unexpected unemployment debit card in the mail?

... you are likely the victim of identity theft!

Scammers are apparently targeting Illinois seniors with fake unemployment benefits claims. Please spread the word about this issue, to protect yourself, your friends & family.

If you get any of the below documents in the mail, and you didn't apply for unemployment benefits, you must act immediately. You are likely the victim of identify theft. The typical fraud in this circumstances is a scammer using your name, address, and SSN to falsely apply for unemployment benefits. Receiving any of these can be signs of this type of identity theft:

1. A KeyBank or other Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) debit card
2. IDES communications about you applying for or being granted unemployment benefits
3. Any other bank’s debit card you didn’t order

If you are the victim of IDES related identity theft, here's what to do:

1. Do not activate any debit card from the mail, keep everything, don’t toss anything.

2. Collect relevant information: check your credit reports for free at AnnualCreditReport.com and see whether any other fraudulent accounts have been set up in your name.

3. Start reporting: Call your Local Police to report identity theft.

4. Call IDES — right now, they are not taking calls, just putting people in the queue for call-backs
Call the "Benefit Payment Control Division" at (800) 814-0513. When prompted:
1) Select English (option 1) or Spanish language option;
2) Select option 1 for claimants, and;
3) Select option 5 to report identity theft.
4) The system will ask you to key in your SSN & then put you in a call-back queue

5. Call any of the banks you received debit cards from or where fraudulent bank accounts were set up (from your credit report check).

6. Call the credit bureaus to freeze your credit reports, so no further accounts can be set up:
TransUnion 1-800-916-8800
Equifax 1-800-685-1111
Experian 1-888-397-3742

7. If you don’t get a response from IDES, if you live in 48th District, send me a Facebook message--I have been able to get help for folks in my area. If you live elsewhere, call your state rep or state senator.

8. You can read more about these schemes in sources like these:

Stay safe, stay vigilant, and please reach out to me if I can help in any way!