I have received many questions this week on what to do if you are the victim of a fraudulent unemployment claim. It is unbelievable how many people I know who have become victims—yes—including myself.

It is disturbing that all of these fraudulent unemployment claims include the use of our full Social Security numbers. The other disturbing fact is that even if we have a security fraud alert or freeze on our credit accounts, those security freeze or fraud alerts don’t necessarily alert us in the event that a fraudulent unemployment claim is filed in our name.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recognized this rampant problem and issued tips this week to provide assistance to consumers who have been victimized by these fraudulent unemployment claim scams. The tips can be accessed here.