The coronavirus pandemic took the nation by storm, as people left and right were being let go from their jobs temporarily or laid off completely from the company they thought they would be at forever. Many people’s jobs were consider non-essential overnight, forcing people to quarantine in their homes with no way of receiving an income to pay their bills. Because of this, Trump signed the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) into law, allowing flexibility on the time people were unemployed and also allowing for people to receive additional funds. Because of this, 1 out of 12 Americans have had to go on unemployment, and are still on unemployment to this day.
How to File for Coronavirus Unemployment
- Contact your state’s unemployment insurance program as soon as you can.
- File a claim with the state you worked in if it differs from the state you live in.
- Make sure to give correct information when it comes to the dates you worked at your previous employers.
If I File for Coronavirus Unemployment, Will it Become Public Record?
The answer is no. From your filing status up to actually obtaining your unemployment claim, none of it is in public records that just anyone will be able to access. This means that if you are interviewing for a new job, they will not be able to see if you are unemployed. However, they can still call your employers and view your resume to see the gaps in your resume, so it is still better to be honest about your unemployment situation.
As far as your past jobs, they will be able to see the fact that you applied for unemployment. This is because they need to verify when you worked for these companies, how much you made, and why you left your previous jobs.
There might be other exceptions as to why other agencies might need to see why you applied for coronavirus unemployment. A public official might need to see it to determine child support, food stamps, or to administer a law. A subpoena might request this information if you are going to court for a specific reason. If you signed a disclosure agreement that mentions your unemployment claims, then they will also be able to access them.
How Scammers Can Apply for Coronavirus Unemployment Under Your Name
- Identity Theft: Scammers steal their victim’s identity, including their full name, birthday, and social security number to apply for unemployment benefits under someone else’s name. The more people they scam out of their unemployment benefits, the more money they get each time they apply. Usually someone won’t know this is happening until they apply for the same benefits themselves or they receive a bill from the IRS on taxes from the unemployment benefits they never got. They get this information from either accessing it or buying it from previous data breaches, or through phishing attacks.
- How Scammers Get Your Information Through Phishing Attacks: Scammers send out links to either your phone or an email with a legit looking reason as to why you should open it. This email or text message can pretend to be anything from an advertisement to your favorite online store, an email saying you need to change your password, an email claiming you won, etc. Once you click on this, malware will be installed on your device to scan it for any personal information. Also, a form will pop up that will ask for personal information. Once you fill it out, scammers can now use this to commit identity theft in your name.
How to Avoid These Scams
- Don’t give out your personal information.
- Don’t post a lot of your information on social media.
- Have an email to sign up for your online accounts and another email for personal emails.
- Make sure to only apply for unemployment on the DOL official website.
- Report any suspicions you have to the FTC and law enforcement if you feel like you had your information stolen.
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