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Date: April 20, 2021
Media Contact: James BernsenPhone: 512-463-8556
Reporting Fraud to TWC is Just the First StepTo Protecting Yourself Online
Austin – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is warning Texans to protect their identities online amid a wave of unemployment insurance fraud applications. While TWCsystems have not been breached or hacked, Texas, like all states, is seeing large numbers of fraudulent applications due to identity theft that occurs outside the system.
Identities are being stolen at record rates, some in breaches of health insurance companies, hotels and in one of the largest cases, a consumer credit reporting agency. The Insurance Information Institute (III) reported that the number of identity theft complaints in America doubled in 2020. A growing cybercrime community known as the Dark Web traffics in these stolen identities, passing them from hackers to fraudsters seeking to monetize your information. Even the hackers are being hacked. The III reports that government benefits programs are now the largest single target for these thieves, above even credit cards. With the high-profile increase in unemployment claims due to COVID-19, fraudsters are seeking to capitalize.
If you receive a letter stating that you have applied for benefits, which you have not applied for, it is very likely you are the victim of identity theft. You should report it immediately on the TWC fraud portal. You should also take the following steps:
All Texans should take steps to secure their identity online by practicing Internet security best practices. Treat your TWC account and all accounts like you would your bank account. The Texas Workforce Commission will investigate every unemployment benefit claim to confirm identity and to lock accounts that are fraudulent.
The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org. To receive notifications about TWC programs and services subscribe to our email updates.