For Immediate Release: Jan. 7, 2021
Media Contacts: Darlene Carnopis, firstname.lastname@example.org or Georgia Smith, email@example.com
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.
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.
What would happen if I chose not to verify my identity through ID.me?
If you fail to verify your identity through ID.me, your application will have an issue that prevent payment and your benefits will remain denied indefinitely.
Does ID.me keep my information secure?
ID.me uses bank grade security infrastructure and federally compliant information protection practices to safeguard your data.