Identity Theft

You may be a victim of identity theft (imposter fraud) if you have reason to believe someone has used your information and social security number to fraudulently collect unemployment benefits.

Report Imposter Fraud:

  • Use the methods on the Report Unemployment Fraud web page to request a fraud investigation.
  • Please provide all known information for the person whose identity has been stolen and what leads you to believe that identity theft has occurred.
  • If you received a 1099-G tax statement from another state for unemployment benefits you didn't receive, contact the issuing state agency listed on the IRS Identity Theft and Unemployment Benefits page.

If You Believe You're a Victim of Identity Theft:

If You're a Victim of Identity Theft:

  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online at or call 877-ID-THEFT.
  • See the UI Fraud Consumer Protection Guide from the U.S. Department of Justice. This guide is a resource for Wisconsin residents reporting false UI claims filed on your behalf in other states.
  • In addition, the FTC recommends that you:
    • File a police report. Get a copy of the report to submit to your creditors and others that may require proof of the crime.
    • Place a fraud alert on your credit reports and review your credit reports periodically to ensure no new fraudulent activity has occurred.
    • Close the accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
    • Request your free credit reports via and review them for other fraudulent activities.

See Identity Theft FAQs for more information.