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Unemployment benefits fraud

Washington state takes unemployment insurance very seriously. Please watch the following video to learn more about unemployment insurance fraud and the associated penalties.


The fraud-reporting contacts listed here are for Washington state only.   (Find out how to report employer tax fraud by visiting our employer tax fraud section)

You can report unemployment fraud by calling the toll-free number, faxing us a letter or completing one of our online forms.


(Western Washington)

To report identity theft -- the use of your social security number to work or claim unemployment benefits without your knowledge -- call toll free 800-246-9763.

Employment Security Department's Office of Special Investigations is committed to preserving the integrity of the Unemployment Trust Fund. Our office conducts many types of audits throughout the year on unemployment claims to ensure the accuracy of benefit payments made. Individuals found to have committed fraud are assessed penalties (RCW 50.20.070), are required to repay the amount identified as overpaid (RCW 50.20.190), and are subject to possible state or federal criminal prosecution.

We are very interested in the information you provide to us about fraud. However, we cannot provide information to you about the action we take on any allegation reported to our office unless you are an individual defined in RCW 50.13 and WAC 192-15.

State regulations prohibit the disclosure of information contained in the administration of the Unemployment Insurance Program. There will be no further communication from our office unless one of our investigators contacts you.