Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office warns of unemployment fraud

Credit card fraud

WILLMAR — Law enforcement agencies in Kandiyohi County have received several complaints of unauthorized unemployment insurance claims being filed, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who has experienced this to follow the following steps and to call local law enforcement with any questions:

  • If you or your employer received information regarding Minnesota unemployment benefits that you didn’t apply for, report the fraud attempt and take actions to secure your credit and your Social Security number.

  • File a report with Minnesota Unemployment Insurance at .

  • Review the Federal Trade Commission steps on identity theft at .

  • Contact credit bureaus to discuss the fraud and steps to securing your credit or placing a credit freeze.

  • Consider contacting the Social Security Administration to notify them your Social Security number may have been breached at .

If there was actual money paid out connected to your personal information, the Sheriff’s Office encourages you to file a police report.
If there is no loss, you do not need to file a police report.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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