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The University Police would like to let the campus community know that there have been several reports of fraudulent unemployment applications being filed in the names of several members of the campus community, primarily employees. Employees become aware of the fraudulent applications after receiving a communication from the State of Missouri.
If you receive a notice that an unemployment application was completed in your name without your consent, please follow these steps:
Contact the University of Missouri System to report the fraud at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Missouri System will respond to the claim to confirm that it is fraudulent.
You (the employee or student) will need to call the state’s special investigations unit at 573-751-2433. They will have your case assigned and will need to speak with you.
Consider contacting your local law enforcement agency to make a report of the fraud.
Federal law enforcement officials are working to address the issue and have created a guide outlining risk factors, signs you may a victim, and directions to follow. Download the guide at https://labor.mo.gov/sites/labor/files/Unemployment_Insurance_Fraud_Consumer_Protection_Guide.pdf.
University Police offers the following tips and reminders:
It is good practice to either use a credit monitoring service or to self-monitor your credit by getting a copy of your credit report, which you can request at annualcreditreport.com. You can request a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies. Annualcreditreport.com is the only source for the free report that is authorized by law. You can also call 1-877-322-8228 or send a request for a free report to P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. For more information, please visit ftc.gov or labor.mo.gov/report_fraud and select the Department of Justice link.
Consider putting a fraud alert on your credit report or freezing your credit (this does not freeze active accounts but it prevents any new accounts). To put an alert or to freeze your credit report please visit these three sites:
For more information, please contact your local law enforcement agency or University Police at 573-341-4300 or email@example.com.