Identity Theft

Administrative Office:  Records Building - 500 Elm Street, 7th Floor, Suite 7200, Dallas, TX 75202
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Has your personal information been misused to claim unemployment insurance benefits? Here is a checklist with recommendations made by the United States Federal Trade Commission.



Place a free, one-year fraud alert by contacting one of the three national credit bureaus. Use the credit bureau contact information above. The credit bureau you contact must tell the other two.

A fraud alert is free. It will make it harder for someone to open new accounts in your name. When you have an alert on your report, a business must verify your identity before it issues new credit in your name. You can renew the fraud alert after one year.

  • Get your free credit reports and review them for fraud.
    To get your free credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, visit or call 1-877-322-8228.
  • Review your reports for fraud.
  • Check your credit reports regularly at Through April 20, 2022, you can get a free credit report every week from each of the three national credit bureaus.


  • When you file your federal tax return, you must report income you received, but you should not report income that you did not receive.
  • Everyone who receives unemployment benefits should get an IRS Form 1099-G (Certain Government Payments), used for reporting the income on your tax returns. If you get a Form 1099-G but didn't collect any or all of the benefits listed on the form, visit the IRS website for the IRS's guidance on identity theft involving unemployment benefits.

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