JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM:
District Attorneys Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer (McKean); Thomas Coppolo (Elk), and Paul Malizia (Cameron)
Re: Unemployment Compensation Scams
Dated: July 14, 2021
Area residents have been subject to scams in one of two ways: (1) someone has used their information to file for unemployment compensation benefits and retained the benefits, or (2) benefits have just appeared when a person has not filed for them either in the form of a paper check or as a deposit in their bank account.
If you were a victim of ID Theft, it is imperative to report the fraudulent activity to the Department and return the money if any has been received. Doing so will remove these fraudulent payments from being reported as income at the end of the year 1099G distribution.
For details, please see the Unemployment Compensation website at: https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/Report-Fraud-Here.aspx
In summary, Pennsylvania’s Office of Unemployment Compensation offers the following directions:
To return paper checks, Individuals should write "void" on the check and return it to:
Pennsylvania Treasury Department
651 Boas Street
Room 400 L&I Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Department of Labor and Industry
651 Boas St, Room 500
Please include a brief signed statement with the reason you are returning the check and include:
- Your printed name.
- Last four of your social security number.
- Phone number.
- Email address.