Did you receive a debit card from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) in the mail, but you did not file for IDES benefits? It’s very likely a scam!
The Fox Lake Police Department and the surrounding communities have recently taken several reports of Identity Theft regarding individuals who did not apply for unemployment through the state, but received benefit claim information.
If you receive a letter and/or debit card from IDES without filing, residents are encouraged to:
- DO NOT use the card or call the number and provide personal information.
- Monitor your credit.
- Report to IDES under Reporting Unemployment Insurance. More information: https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/Reporting_Unemployment_Insurance_Fraud.aspx
- File a police report if your identity has been stolen.
Due to COVID-19 Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are now offering free weekly online reports through www.annualcreditreport.com until April 30, 2021.
Make sure you review your credit report carefully for anything unusual or credit cards you did not apply for. If you find you are a victim of identity theft, make sure you file a police report with your local police.