Over the last year, unemployment fraud has been on the rise nationwide. As a valued customer, we want you to know what to do if you are faced with fraudulent government claims. Please note, your 1st National Bank accounts have not been compromised in any way.
If you receive mail from a government agency DO NOT throw it away. This could be your first indication that fraud is occurring and you will need to take action. Specifically, with the most recent unemployment fraud scam, we have gathered the following steps:
- Report – Click here to report online or call Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Prepare – You will receive a 1099-G as a result of the fraudulent claim. Speak to your tax advisor on how to file your taxes in this situation.
- Protect – Report the identity theft to credit agencies and think about putting a credit freeze on your credit report. Inform your company’s human resource department. Begin to think about choosing a secure checking account with additional benefits like free credit monitoring and identity theft resolution. Click here to learn more about Secure Checking.
The Ohio Unemployment Department provides more detail on these steps, should you find yourself victim of a fraudulent claim: