If you believe you are the victim of identity theft please visit identitytheft.gov to get started.  It is very important to report an SSN compromise to the 3 major credit bureaus (Experian 888-397-3742, TransUnion 888-909-8872, Equifax 800-685-1111).

If you receive a fraudulent Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) claim or debit card in your name, we recommend notifying your human resources officer immediately and following these steps from the IDES:


IMPORTANT — If you receive a debit card, do NOT use this debit card!

This should be reported on the IDES website. ( https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/UI-Fraud.aspx )



What happens after I report the identity theft to IDES?

If you submit the report of identity theft through this page, the associated claim will be shut down. If you need to call, please recognize that IDES is working through all calls placed to the agency. Please be patient in waiting for a callback. IDES systems sometimes generate multiple correspondence; if you receive IDES correspondence, keep them, as they provide useful information for the IDES representative during your callback. In most instances of fraud, IDES’ integrity measures stop the unemployment claim and prevent payments from being made before hearing from you.


If someone steals my identity and IDES pays benefits to the fraudster, am I responsible for paying back the money?

No. You will not need to pay back the money. Your employer won’t have to repay it either.


If someone steals my identity and uses my information to apply for unemployment benefits, can I still apply for benefits if I need to?

Yes. We’ll be able to distinguish your legitimate claim from a fraudulent one.


What if I reported the fraud but still received a letter stating that I must pay back an overpayment?

If you received a notice or letter from us saying you owe us money, we sent this notice of overpayment in error if you recently reported fraud, or have not applied for or received unemployment benefits recently. We're so sorry for the anxiety this must have caused, and we want to reassure you that you do not owe any money as a result of a fraudulent claim. If you are a victim of fraud, you can ignore the overpayment notice. Our unemployment benefits computer system sends overpayment letters automatically when people really do need to repay benefits. Due to the massive number of fraudulent claims filed recently, the computer system sent many of these letters in error before we could stop them. We’re sorry you accidentally received one.


Will any funds paid on the fraudulent claim in my name be reported to the IRS as income?

No. Fraudulent funds are not reported as income to the IRS, and you will not receive a 1099 form from IDES if you report the fraud.