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Unemployment Insurance Fraud Support

Fraudulent unemployment claims have become increasingly prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Vanderbilt University is one of many employers who have recently received fraudulent unemployment claims.  When a fraudulent unemployment claim is filled using a Vanderbilt University employee’s information, the University will report the false claim. Vanderbilt University remains committed to preventing fraud and providing resources to those impacted by this fraud.

As such, we are providing the resources below to employees impacted by unemployment fraud. 

What should I do if I am the victim of unemployment fraud?

  1. Report the suspected fraud to the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development 
    1. Also see: How to report fraud in other states
  2. File a report with the US Department of Labor
  3. Notify the Vanderbilt Human Resources Department 
    1. Human Resources will also notify you directly if a claim was received under your name while you are an active employee within the university.
    2. Human Resources will work directly with the university’s unemployment vendor, Corporate Cost Control (CCC), to report the claim as fraudulent.
  4. Contact the three major credit reporting agencies to place a fraud alert on your accounts:
    1. Equifax
    2. Experian
    3. TransUnion
  5. Contact the Social Security Administration
  6. Ensure you are using Vanderbilt’s virtual private network (VPN) configured with multi-factor authentication (MFA):
    1. VPN
    2. MFA

What additional steps could I take?

  1. Report the suspected fraud to your local police department.
  2. Contact the Federal Trade Commission for help with assistance and a recovery plan from identity theft
  3. Partner with your tax advisor to determine if you should file an Identity Theft Affidavit (IRS Form 14039)
  4. Monitor your free weekly credit report
  5. Reach out to your bank and credit card companies.
  6. File a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center
  7. Review the U.S. Department of Justice Unemployment Insurance Fraud Consumer Protection Guide

Please note there is no evidence that Vanderbilt University employee data has been breached.

Employees wishing to seek counsel for mental and emotional wellbeing can contact Vanderbilt’s Work/Life Connections – EAP  

For additional resources and assistance, please contact your HR Consultant