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How to report someone abusing unemployment anonymously? (2022)

How to report someone abusing unemployment anonymously?
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If you know someone falsely claiming unemployment benefits, then, as a responsible citizen, it is important that you report it.

In this guide, you will learn about the step-by-step process to file a report against someone getting unemployment benefits anonymously.

Can you report unemployment fraud anonymously?

Yes, you can report anonymously about others if they are abusing unemployment claims.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you do not need to give any information that the claimant could use to identify you.

To report someone committing unemployment fraud, you can also provide your details as well.

Knowing who gives the information helps the department a chance to obtain additional details if needed.

How to report someone abusing unemployment anonymously?

To report about someone abusing unemployment benefits, it is important that you need to provide the following information regarding the fraud.

  • Who is committing fraud?
  • What is their full address?
  • The claimant’s social security number?
  • The claimant’s phone number?
  • What are they doing? (working? running a business? living in another country? unable to work?)
  • When did they start doing this?
  • If they are working – what is the Employer’s Name?
  • Where is the employer located?
  • What is the employer’s address and phone number?
  • Who else knows about it?
  • Your name, address and phone number (optional)

To adequately investigate your unemployment fraud reporting, it is important that you need to provide as much information as possible regarding the fraud. The more, the better.

You can report the unemployment fraud mainly in 3 ways.

1. Unemployment Fraud reporting through the online form

2. Unemployment Fraud reporting through the hotline

3. Unemployment Fraud reporting through the mail

Each of these methods is discussed in detail below.

Unemployment Fraud reporting through the online form

As the concerned department gets a high number of calls; the fastest way to report fraud is to fill out the webform to request a Fraud Investigation.

Each of the States in the US has a department for Unemployment fraud investigation.

For example, in California, it is Employment Development Department.

In Wisconsin, the concerned department to report unemployment fraud is the Department of Workforce Development.

In Pennsylvania, it is the Office of Unemployment Compensation

Similarly, each of these states in the US has an unemployment fraud reporting department.

You need to find out the concerned department.

Once you have found out the concerned department follow the below steps to fill the Unemployment Fraud reporting form anonymously.

Visit the website of the concerned department.

Check for the Unemployment Fraud Reporting form. For ease of explanation, we will be taking the example of California.

In California, you can report an Unemployment Fraud by clicking on this link.

anonymous unemployment fraud reporting form

If you are reporting an issue for the first time click on New.

If you have already reported fraud and need to provide more information, click on Update.

In this case, you need to include the reference number provided when you first reported the issue.

If you are filing a new report for Unemployment fraud then choose the EDD program as Unemployment Insurance.

anonymous unemployment fraud reporting unemployment insurance anonymously

Fill in the required details about your status as an employer.

Click on Continue.

Now you need to provide all known information for the suspect you believed is of committing fraud.

anonymous unemployment fraud reporting form suspect details

You should not include your name and phone number if you wish to remain anonymous. 

You will not receive a call from the EDD unless more information is needed.

Once you have completed the form you will receive a reference number with which you can provide additional information if required.

Unemployment Fraud reporting through hotline

Every State Government has a hotline for reporting Unemployment Fraud claims. You can call them and report it.

In California, you can report at 1-800-229-6297. You can also Fax at 1-866-340-5484.

In Wisconsin, you can report fraud at (800) 909-9472.

Similarly, based on your state, you can check the hotline for your State government department.

Unemployment Fraud reporting through mail

You can also send an anonymous mail to the concerned department about the unemployment fraud.

If you are based in California, then you can send a mail to EDD PO Box 826880, MIC 43, Sacramento, CA 94280-0225.

In Wisconsin, you can report fraud by sending a mail to Unemployment Insurance, Attn: Program Integrity, P.O. Box 7905, Madison, WI 53707.

As mentioned before, based on your State, you can send a mail to the concerned State government department’s address.

How to know the status of my unemployment fraud reporting?

To ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the investigation, the concerned department does not provide status updates unless court-ordered or required by law.

Also, the department cannot disclose information about an employer or claimant.

FAQs

Can you report unemployment fraud anonymously?

Yes, you can report anonymously about others if they are abusing unemployment claims. Also there are different ways to report someone abusing unemployment anonymously. Unemployment Fraud reporting through the online form is one among them.

Wrapping Up

Reporting about the abuse of unemployment benefits is easy.

You just need to find the concerned department and fill out their online Fraud report form anonymously.

You can also call their hotline or send a mail to them as well.

References

Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin

Employment Development Department

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