Unemployment Benefits ID Theft

In October of 2020 the Xenia Police Division began to receive complaints from our local residents about a new Identity Theft scheme involving unemployment benefits.  How will you know if you are a victim of this scheme?  The victims in this scheme became aware of this scheme because of one of the following:

  1. They received a 1099-G tax form in the mail.
  2. They received a letter from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) stating that Unemployment Benefits have been applied for in your name.
  3. A US Bank ReliaCard for funds you do not recognize or were not expecting.
  4. Notification from your employer that ODJFS is inquiring about Unemployment Benefits that you did not apply for.

If you are a victim of this scheme,  here is some important information that you need to know:

  1. The ODJFS is the agency that is handling this identity theft scheme, there is no need to file  a report with the Xenia Police Division.  If you would like to file a report with the Police Division, please call our non-emergency number of (937) 372-9901 and ask to speak with an Officer.
  2. To file a report with the ODJFS please go here and complete the online form or call them at (877) 644-6562.
  3. Information from the Attorney General's Office about what you should do if you are a victim of this (or any) identity theft scheme can be found here.
  4. Information from the Federal Trade Commission about how to recover from Identity Theft can be found here and here.