We've had reports of scammers attempting to defraud users applying for unemployment insurance. Please make sure you are on this site, www.vec.virginia.gov or www.vawc.virginia.gov when applying for benefits.
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Periodically we receive an alert that someone is falsely representing themselves as the Virginia Employment Commission. While we do our best to combat fraud, sometimes the best people to help prevent fraud are the ones who may be the target of fraud. We are asking you to be aware of potential fraud and to report any and all Unemployment Insurance fraud. You can anonymously report Unemployment Insurance Fraud to the VEC by calling 1-800-782-4001. With any other issue, please feel free to contact our Customer Contact Centers at 1-866-832-2363 (Available 8:15am to 4:30pm, Monday - Friday. Closed state holidays).
**IMPORTANT ALERT for recipients of unemployment compensation benefits**
The Virginia Employment Commission has received information from several customers that they have been contacted by an individual or service regarding their method of payment for receipt of their unemployment compensation benefits. The e-mail communication advises them to enroll in direct deposit card program online and lists a mailing address in Las Vegas, NV. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS COMMUNICATION DID NOT COME FROM THE VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION OR THE VENDOR WHO PROVIDES DEBIT CARD SERVICES FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. Neither the Virginia Employment Commission nor our debit card vendor would ever communicate with you via e-mail regarding your direct deposit or debit card account. If you receive the above-mentioned e-mail communication, please be aware it is a SCAM. Please do not respond and be sure to delete it immediately.
Also, the VEC is not giving away $1,000 gift cards or any other "Gifts" that are being promised.
The VEC maintains many web addresses (URL's). If you visit a site that is not on our list, the site may not be under our control. Please notify us immediately of anything suspicious. Click Here for a list of official VEC URL's.
NOTE: http://www.virginiaemploymentcommission.com and http://www.vaemployee.com ARE NOT VEC Related Websites!