WELLINGTON — According to Tracy Heath of the Wellington Police Department, over the past few weeks, WPD has been alerted by several Wellington citizens of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims being filed in their names.


In a news release Friday, Heath stated that personal information, including Social Security numbers, correct dates of birth and partial/full names may have been obtained by would-be thieves in order for such claims to be filed.


The WPD suggested that anyone who feels they might be a victim of identity theft should:


1. Notify/alert current employer.


2. File a police report with local police department.


3. File a fraud alert at www.ReportFraud.ks.gov.


4. File an identity theft alert with the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov).


5. Notify personal banking institutions and follow their suggestions regarding the closure of accounts.


6. Contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-269-0271 if use of Social Security number is suspected..


Heath said the WPD has not been in contact with the Kansas Department of Labor but knows the department is aware of fraudulent activity surrounding unemployment claims in the Wellington area.


Heath said personal information should always only be provided to trusted sources. Do not provide personal information over the phone, unless you initiated the contact; shred documents containing personal information; and regularly monitor banking and billing information.