Unemployment fraud alert.

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From: Light, Alison <alison_light@brown.edu>
Date: Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 8:38 AM
Subject: Unemployment fraud alert.
To: Josiah Carberry <josiah_carberry@brown.edu>


As described in an article in the May 2 edition of Today@Brown, https://today.brown.edu, the University has received several fraudulent unemployment claims. After an immediate and comprehensive review of all Brown data information systems, Brown’s Computing and Information Services (CIS) has confirmed that the University’s data and information systems have not been compromised. The Department of Labor and Training was notified by the University of fraudulent claims immediately upon confirmation by employees that they did not initiate a claim.

We have received an unemployment claim filed in your name. Because your Workday record is active, we are requesting that you reply to this email to inform us if you did or did not file this claim. If you did not file this claim, the University will immediately notify the DLT.

The University's unemployment insurance claims vendor, ADP, suggests the following steps for impacted employees to take:

  • Report the identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.identitytheft.gov
  • Report the identity theft to the state UI agency in which the imposter claim was filed (NOTE: Although the University is reporting false claims to DLT, if a false claim was filed in your name, you may wish to also contact the DLT at dlt.investigations@dlt.ri.gov.
  • File a police report with the local precinct
  • Take precautionary measures to protect your credit either through credit monitoring or by freezing your credit

Authorities are also encouraging anyone who believes their personal information has been used to file or secure a false claim to call the FBI’s Providence office, (401) 272-8310, or email financialcrimes@risp.gov.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you, 


Alison Light
Assistant Director of Employee & Labor Relations

Employee & Labor Relations

South Street Landing | 350 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02912 | Box 1879

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