HR Update

Beware of Unemployment Insurance Fraud

The University has seen an increase in unemployment insurance fraud attempts recently, in which scammers file false unemployment claims in other people’s names.

Be aware that the State of Minnesota will never send information to applicants via text or email. Do not click or reply if you receive a message like this. 

If you are a University faculty or staff member or a student worker and you have been affected by unemployment fraud, report it to Employee Relations in the Office of Human Resources at

Look for these signs of unemployment identity theft:

  • Communications about unemployment insurance forms when you have not applied for unemployment benefits
  • Unauthorized transactions on your bank or credit card statements related to unemployment benefits
  • Unexplained fees involved in filing or qualifying for unemployment insurance

Find more information on these OIT and OHR web pages about warning signs, security steps, and what to do if you've been targeted by unemployment fraud.

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