Resources to Help Clients Avoid Scams and Preserve Benefits

Updated: 3 days ago

  1. Submit a request for reconsideration online within 60 days of the denial or later if good cause can be shown.

  2. Request "Goldberg Kelly" benefits in writing within 10 days of the receipt of the denial or later for a good cause. For a list of good cause reasons for late requests, check Social Security Emergency Message 20050.

  3. Report the Unemployment Insurance Benefit fraud to the NYS Department of Labor at (866) 435-1499 or use this online form.

  4. While on the phone, request a letter stating that fraud occurred and emphasize its impact on the individual's public benefits. These letters will be sent directly to the individual, not the advocate. Make sure your client knows to send you the letter when they receive it.

  5. If the letter is not received within a reasonable period of time, call back and re-request the letter.

  6. Submit an identity theft report to the Federal Trade Commission.

  7. Submit documents to the Social Security field offices as you get them using the e-fax numbers.

  8. Always call the local office to confirm that evidence and correspondence were received.

If public assistance or other benefits administered by the local Department of Social Services are jeopardized by unemployment fraud, follow the same steps to report the problem to the Department of Labor and FTC. Then, provide documentation of your fraud report to DSS to request that unemployment benefits be removed from your client's budget. Advocates can contact the Legal Support Center for Advocates if they need more guidance on suspected unemployment fraud or identity theft impacting their clients' benefits. 631-232-2400, ext. 3324 (Cathy Lucidi) or ext. 3309 (Vivian Storm).

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