As you may be aware, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Unemployment Assistance ("DUA") has published advisories indicating that criminal enterprises, as part of a nationwide unemployment benefits fraud scheme, are using stolen personal information to fraudulently file unemployment claims. The criminal enterprises essentially steal the identities of working people and file claims for benefits using stolen data. While the City does not receive the information filed at the DUA, the DUA frequently notifies the City of claims filed on behalf of current City employees.
If you believe someone is using your identity to falsely claim unemployment benefits, you should promptly contact the DUA. The City will report all suspicious claims to the DUA, but both the DUA and the City's unemployment consultant suggest that employees take the following actions on their own to prevent further losses and harm:
If you feel the need to ensure the validity of any email please call the Human Resources Department 508-612-0067 or email any questions to Unemployment@worcesterma.gov.