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Fraudulent Unemployment Insurance Activity - Unemployment Insurance

Report Fraud

If you believe that your information has been used to fraudulently file an unemployment insurance claim, please contact the Division of Unemployment Insurance’s Benefit Payment Control Unit by completing a “Request for Investigation of Unemployment Insurance Fraud” form and e-mailing it to ui.fraud@maryland.gov.

Fraud Investigation

When our department detected the unusual increase in out-of-state unemployment insurance claim activity, select claimants had their Bank of America debit cards cancelled and were directly messaged in their BEACON One-Stop portal. These claimants were prompted to verify their identity by uploading additional documentation to their portal.

The department has a team of specialists focusing solely on the manual review and verification of all documents submitted by claimants to ensure that we are separating out the legitimate accounts and issuing new Bank of America debit cards as quickly as possible.

The new debit card will provide access to the legitimate claimant’s prior balance and any additional benefit payments. Impacted claimants will receive communications within their portal once their claim has been verified. If they have any further questions, they can contact our department’s Benefit Payment Control Unit by e-mailing ui.fraud@maryland.gov.

Of the claimants that uploaded the requested documentation in their BEACON portal, over 71% have been reviewed and a determination has been made. Approximately 41% of these claimants have been denied, with a large majority being denied because they have uploaded fraudulent documentation, reinforcing the need to carefully and manually review these claims.

Our investigation in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor remains ongoing.