Don’t let your guard down to identity theft. UAB IT and UAB Human Resources have seen a rise in fraudulent claims for unemployment compensation. As we near tax season, your personal information is at a greater risk.

Things to watch for:

  • You should never be asked to share personal information such as your social security number, password, or account number via an email, text, or unsolicited phone call.
  • Keep an eye out for any letter or notifications seeking your information for unemployment benefits or tax returns that you did not request.
  • Be cautious of phishing or vishing messages acting as an official department or organization seeking personal information.

What to do:

  • Visit Alabama Department of Labor to report suspicious activity in unemployment compensation benefits.
  • Use the identity theft report to file a police report with your local authorities, if desired.

As a reminder, UAB IT blocks the sending of emails from email addresses if the messages appear to contain Social Security numbers or credit card numbers. W2 forms and other tax documents including SSN’s will be blocked.