On a nationwide level, including in Washington State, there have been many reports that scammers are fraudulently applying for COVID-19 unemployment compensation. In addition, reports are surfacing of fake sites being set up to steal claimants' personal information.
Employment Security would never request personal information, such as an individual’s Social Security number, outside of the ESD secure internet site.
If you become aware of or suspect you have been a victim of unemployment fraud..
Report it to ESD through one of the following methods:
Once you notify ESD of the fraudulent claim using one of the methods listed, ESD will respond with next steps.
If you become aware of or suspect you have been a victim of identity theft...
It is recommended that you file a report with your local law enforcement. You can further report suspected employment-related fraud to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), information is available at their website: https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/employment-related-identity-theft