Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

Dear DCSD Staff,

As you may know, the State of Colorado is dealing with an influx of fraudulent unemployment claims (read more here). The State created a resource page where individuals can find information about unemployment fraud and instructions for what to do if an unemployment claim is fraudulently filed in their name.

Victim of Fraud or ID Theft image The State advises that anyone who receives unemployment paperwork but did not file a claim, or otherwise believes they may be the victim of identity theft related to unemployment benefits, should fill out a fraud report. Individuals who receive a U.S. Bank Reliacard for Colorado unemployment benefits but did not file a claim should also fill out this U.S. Bank Form or call U.S. Bank immediately at 1-855-282-6161 to request the deactivation of the card.

The State also provides the following guidance:

  • Contact the three consumer credit bureaus and put a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number (SSN). It may be an automated system, so you may not talk to a live person and you will have to enter your SSN and date of birth.

  • Credit Bureau Contact Info:
    Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
    Experian: 1-888-397-3742
    TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

  • Regularly review your credit reports from each of the three credit bureaus. Each will look different and may contain different information. If you discover any incorrect or fraudulent information on your credit report, you should dispute it with the credit bureau directly. Normally, you can receive one free copy of your credit report each year from each credit bureau. Due to increased fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic, each of the three credit bureaus is offering free weekly credit reports via annualcreditreport.com.

  • File a fraudulent claim with the Colorado Department of Labor

  • File a police report. You can file a "counter report" with your local police department. As a victim, you have the right to file this report. It doesn't mean the police will investigate it, but there will at least be a record of it on file and you can get a copy of the report for your records.

  • Report the identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission at identitytheft.gov. The FTC's website includes valuable resources about how to recover from identity theft and protect your identity.

  • Create a file where you can keep any records relating to this identity theft in one central place, in case you are notified of other fraud or breaches of your personal information.

Please note that there is no evidence that any fraudulent claims were caused by or related to the Douglas County School District. This is a widespread issue and the State of Colorado is aware.

If you have any questions, please contact your direct supervisor or DCSD's Risk Management Department at 303-387-0030 or [email protected].

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Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.

NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records by email to [email protected]