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GENESEO - The Geneseo Police Department is warning residents to be on the look out for unemployment fraud after receiving numerous reports of such attempts over the past several days.

In a press release earlier this week, the department said it’s been working with the New York State Department of Labor to address the complaints it has received. If residents receive information about an unemployment claim they did not file, the department said it’s important to take the following steps:

Step 1: Contact your organization’s human resources department to report the fraud.

Step 2: Contact the New York State Department of Labor to report the fraud by calling 1-888-598-2077 or through the department’s online form, which can be accessed online by clicking here.

Step 3: File a police report. For the Geneseo Police Department, residents are advised to contact Livingston County’s central police dispatch number at (585) 243-7100.

Step 4: Report to the three major credit bureaus. They are Experian (1-888-397-3742), Equifax (1-800-525-6285) and TransUnion (1-800-680-7289).

Step 5: Report the fraud to the Federal Trade Commission by clicking here. Additional information can be found on the FTC’s website by clicking here.

Step 6: Keep your notes. Retain any notes or copies of emails related to your reports and the fraud activity. You can reference them if you face any identity issues or locate the inaccuracies on your credit history sometime in the future.

In addition to the step-by-step guide, the Geneseo Police Department also released the following general tips for avoiding identity theft:

-Keep financial documents/records in a safe place, a locked safe or safe deposit box is a good idea.

-Leave your SSN card locked at home.

-Don’t leave any important documents in your vehicle, ever.

-Read your credit card and bank statements, know your payment due dates.

-Shred any documents with personal or financial information.

-Use strong passwords for email, online banking, social networking, etc.

-Keep your computer anti-virus protection up to date.

-Never give any personal identifying information over the phone or email, particularly if you didn’t initiate the contact.

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