The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) has been receiving and processing unemployment insurance claims at an unprecedented rate. Currently, the agency is focused on fast-tracking a backlog of claims but facing slow-downs cause by an increase in fraudulent claims.
Imposter fraud includes false claims filed with stolen information. There are reports of fake websites designed to steal personal information. ESD does not request sensitive information outside their official, secure website. Any site requesting confidential information should be treated with suspicion. Victims of unemployment fraud report to: https://www.esd.wa.gov/unemployment/unemployment-benefits-fraud