Attention members applying for unemployment insurance:
According to the New York State DOL, “To prevent fraud, anyone calling from the Department of Labor will verify their identity by providing the date you filed your Unemployment Insurance application and the type of claim you filed.”
Additionally, the New York State DOL asserted that it will NOT ask the claimant for his/her mother’s maiden name or his/her Social Security Number. Therefore, if a caller does ask for this information, it may in fact be a scam. If you are confronted with this scenario, you should NOT provide your information, hang up immediately, and attempt to call back the New York State Unemployment Insurance office using the official phone number at (888) 209-8124.