Unemployment benefits scams
Scammers are fraudulently filing unemployment claims using stolen personal identity information. If you receive a 1099-G tax form for unemployment benefits that you didn’t claim or receive, you may be a victim of identity theft. Someone may have used your personal information to receive unemployment benefits without your knowledge.
What to do: Follow these four steps to report unemployment benefits fraud and to protect yourself:
- Report the fraud immediately to the unemployment office in the state where it occurred. If you did claim unemployment benefits and know the amount listed on your 1099-G form is incorrect, ask your state unemployment office for a corrected 1099-G.
- File your federal tax return and include only the unemployment income you received. You don’t have to wait to receive a corrected 1099-G . The IRS also recommends getting an Identity Protection (IP) PIN to prevent anyone from filing a federal tax return using your Social Security Number.
- Monitor your credit for any other fraud. During the pandemic, you can check your credit reports each week for free . The FTC also recommends you either request a free, one-year fraud alert or freeze your credit with the three credit bureaus.
- Help stop future unemployment identity fraud by filing a federal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud or calling 1-866-720-5721.
Fraudulent activity on Text Messages
Bank of Clarke County has become aware of text messages describing fraudulent activity on ATM and debit cards that encourage the receivers of these messages to call a number. Once they do, they are asked to give out private, confidential information. These smishing texts are the result of randomly selected numbers in the area and not of any security issues with Bank of Clarke (smishing is a form of phishing that is perpetrated through mobile devices).
Please remember that Bank of Clarke County never calls, emails or texts customers and ask for confidential information. If you are a customer of Bank of Clarke County and have received texts like this and unknowingly shared confidential information, please contact Bank of Clarke immediately. Thank you.