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Dramatic Rise In Unemployment Benefits Fraud Impacts Some MCPS Employees

Some active Montgomery County Schools (MCPS) employees recently reported receiving mail from the Maryland Department of Labor regarding their application for unemployment benefits. But the employees did not file for unemployment benefits. The State says they may be the victims of identity theft.

An unprecedented increase in unemployment fraud, primarily targeting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, is ongoing nationwide. Identity thieves are filing for unemployment benefits using other people's personal information. If you receive notification from the Maryland Department of Labor's Division of Unemployment Insurance about an unemployment claim you did not file, you will need to do the following:

  • Notify the Division of Unemployment Insurance Benefit Payment Control Unit by email.
  • Give them your full name and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Tell them you currently work for MCPS, and that you did not file a claim in your name.
  • Ask them to lock the claim immediately.

In addition, the State suggests the following to protect yourself from future fraud attacks:

To learn more, read this press release from the Maryland Department of Labor.