Unemployment Claims

FAS Human Resources can assist FAS staff with unemployment claims. Please note that during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in fraudulent unemployment claims. For more information on unemployment claims, please reach out to:

Bob Bellantuoni, Senior HR Consultant, rbellantuoni@fas.harvard.edu

Maria Lemus-Aguirre, HR Coordinator, maria_lemus@fas.harvard.edu

Fraudulent Unemployment Claim Resources

Protecting Yourself From Unemployment Fraud

What kind of suspicious activity should I be aware of?

• Receiving communications regarding unemployment insurance forms when you have not applied for unemployment benefits

• Unauthorized transactions on your bank or credit card statements related to unemployment benefits

• Any fees involved in filing or qualifying for unemployment insurance • Unsolicited inquires related to unemployment benefits

• Fictitious websites and social media pages mimicking those of government agencies

What are some ways I can protect myself now?

• Be wary of telephone calls and text messages, letters, websites, or “phishing attack” emails that require providing personal information or other sensitive information, especially birth dates and Social Security numbers.

• Be cautious with attachments and embedded links within emails, especially from an unknown email sender, which can contain malicious code.

• Be aware of other methods fraudsters are using to obtain personal information including “fun quizzes” on social media that trick people into revealing answers to common security questions, like make and model of first car, pet names, birth month, street names, etc.

• Review all financial statements and immediately report unauthorized transactions to financial institutions or credit card providers.