Please be aware of a scam that is currently going on with Unemployment Benefits. The state has seen a rise in people falsely claiming to have worked for a company to get unemployment compensation (UC) benefits. The state will send you a letter when a former employee claims UC benefits. If you do not respond to that letter in four days, the applicant will be deemed eligible. If you receive a letter for someone who did not work for you, please notify the state.

Unemployment Compensation Fraud is a very serious matter. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is committed to preventing, identifying, and blocking scams and is continuing its aggressive efforts to do so, including:

  • Cross matching data with other state agencies and across the country to detect fraud activity.
  • Working with the U.S. Department of Labor to prevent and detect fraudulent activities related to UC.

We encourage Pennsylvanians to remain vigilant and to report fraud or any potential concerns of fraud to L&I.

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