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Labor Department Partners with ID.me for Claimant Identity Verification

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Jan. 7, 2021
Media Contacts: Darlene Carnopis, darlene.carnopis@labor.idaho.gov or Georgia Smith, georgia.smith@labor.idaho.gov

The Idaho Department of Labor has partnered with ID.me for unemployment insurance claimant identity verification.

The information gathered from claimants is needed to make sure others are not filing claims using the person’s name and other personally identifying information. This is one step Labor is taking to help prevent fraud.

Thousands upon thousands of unemployment insurance claims have been filed by scammers using false or stolen identities across the country. It is estimated these scammers have siphoned off $36 billion in fraudulent unemployment payments from states since the start of the pandemic and the implementation of the CARES Act.

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FAQs About ID.me and Claimant Identity Verification

Who is ID.me?

ID.me is our federally certified partner for secure digital identity verification. ID.me helps make sure you’re you – and not someone pretending to you be you – when you apply for unemployment insurance. Claimants who are sent an email and letter from the Idaho Department of Labor about identity verification are required to verify their identity through the ID.me application, which can be accessed online with a laptop, desktop computer or cell phone.

I received a letter to verify my identity through ID.me, but I did not file a claim. What do I do?

Please email your full name and phone number to fraud@labor.idaho.gov. Please be assured we will stop payments and contact you for additional information if necessary.  You can file a report on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website about this situation. The FTC can help you recover from identity theft and has resources and information to protect your identity, including credit bureau contact information found here: https://www.identitytheft.gov/Steps

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