FOX43 Finds Out how the normal protections, like credit freezes and fraud watches, may not protect you from unemployment fraud.
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — More than 2 million people have filed an unemployment claim in Pennsylvania since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
What’s unclear is how many of those claims are legitimate.
FOX43 Finds Out how a man who had all the proper protections in place still became a victim of unemployment fraud.
One day at work, Jim Bach of Mechanicsburg was handed unemployment paperwork by his human resources director. “She said, ‘did you file for unemployment?’ and hands me a sheet. And it’s from the Department of Labor and Industry saying you filed for unemployment and I said absolutely not.”
Bach says he’s gainfully employed as an IT support manager.
He asked HR at his company to look into it.
“There’s no way you’re going to pay out this claim and put my name on the line for the taxes and everything associated,” said Bach.
He was told someone in Texas filed the claim.
“There were a lot of blanks on the form. so, the department of labor had filled in those blanks to process the…