Lake County News, CA – Employment Development Department reports on efforts to block scammers

The California Employment Development Department, or EDD, said it is working to crack down on a new disability insurance scam.

EDD said it has taken action in recent weeks to crack down on a new disability insurance identity theft scam involving suspected organized criminal elements filing fake ID claims using credentials. stolen from individuals and medical or health care providers.

Disability insurance claimants continued to receive payments if they weren’t associated with the recent scam attempts, the EDD said.

EDD suspended account activity for approximately 27,000 suspected medical provider registrants and 345,000 claims associated with these providers or other suspicious activity.

While the majority of these providers and claims were likely attempted fraud, the department partnered with state regulators and medical provider organizations to coordinate the vetting process to eliminate any legitimate claims as much as possible. quickly as possible. EDD said this is its top priority and it is working to contact all applicants whose application has been blocked in this identity theft scam.

Alleged medical providers must complete additional identity verification with ID.me to possibly certify any disability claims. These custom requests for medical provider verification via ID.me are only from an official EDD email address ending in @edd.ca.gov.

Medical providers who receive emails containing information on how to verify identity through ID.me should carefully confirm the sender’s @edd.ca.gov email address.

Scammers attempt to impersonate government agencies in an effort to trick people into clicking on fake links. Such scam efforts are unfortunately common and slow in verifying and paying legitimate applicants and vendors.

Californians must safeguard financial and personal information online and elsewhere and remain vigilant to guard against identity theft. Those who receive communications from EDD regarding the creation of an online medical provider account in the DI system, or an application for public benefits (such as disability or unemployment insurance) and who believe that someone wrongly filed the claim, must file a fraud report by visiting Ask EDD and selecting the Report Fraud category to complete the fraud report form.

Victims of identity theft may also want to file an identity theft report with the Federal Trade Commission. EDD continues to improve and update the information on the Help Fight Fraud web page.

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