Our department has received numerous reports of fraudulent unemployment claims being filed in victims names. Along with many other scams and fraudulent activity that may occur online, we would like to provide some tips to be able to safeguard yourself.
1. Be cautious and alert to suspicious emails received from unknown recipients. Do not click on links that are contained in the emails or links that may be contained in text messages from unknown numbers.
2. Check your credit reports on a semi-frequent basis through the top three credit reporting agencies (Transunion, Equifax, Experian). If you need to report fraud regarding your credit accounts you can find information HERE to do so.
3. If you receive a phone call claiming that you have a fine, warrant or owe money to someone, this is most likely a scam. We recommend that you hang up the phone and do not provide any personal or banking information. This is especially true if they ask you to pay over the phone with a credit/debit card or gift cards. This is also accurate if someone calls and claims that you have a computer problem and they can help you solve it.
4. Shred or tear up any pre-approved credit offers that you may receive if you do not plan to use them. This will assist in preventing someone from filing for a credit application in your name.
If you happen to be informed by your employer that you have been the victim of an unemployment compensation scam, you can go to THIS website to file an online fraud report. We will be happy to take a report for you and provide you with a report number for your fraud report.
The officers and staff at the Carroll Township Police Department are happy to help and assist our residents in any way we can. We hope that this information will help our residents from becoming victims to fraudulent activities.