January 28, 2021

Unemployment insurance claim fraud update

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is in the process of finalizing the annual 1099-G form mailing to all individuals who received unemployment insurance (UI) benefits in 2020.  If you did not apply for unemployment benefits in 2020 and receive a 1099-G form from IDES, please follow the guidance below:

  • IDES has established a 1099-G page on the department’s website (ides.illinois.gov/1099G) to provide answers to frequently asked questions, along with directional guidance should an individual feel they have received a 1099-G in error.
  • IDES has created an infographic and explanatory sheets for your use.
  • IDES has dedicated resources to handling 1099-G calls and investigating reports of fraud. 

Due to the continued nationwide fraud scheme penetrating state unemployment systems, please watch for any unusual mail from IDES and, if necessary, take steps to protect your identity and accounts.

If you receive communications from IDES, such as a debit card with benefits or an Unemployment Insurance Finding Letter, and you have not filed an unemployment claim, you may be a target of identity theft. 

SIU Carbondale is taking a number of steps to try to prevent and stop this fraud. However, if you believe you are a victim, then you must report it as soon as possible to protect yourself at IDES Reporting Unemployment Insurance Fraud. You can also call the IDES office at 800-814-0513 and receive a call back. 

Additional information is available at: 

  • Fraud Penetrating All State Unemployment Systems, IDES Taking Steps to Detect, Mitigate and Pursue Fraudsters.
  • IDES Partnering with IDFPR, Financial Institutions to Combat Unemployment Fraud.
  • Illinois Attorney General Identity Theft Hotline. 

Please email Human Resources at hrrecords@siu.edu with additional questions.