Unemployment Fraud List

Forms, web links, guides and FAQs for navigating unemployment fraud.

1. Return Notarized Letter to HR

HR submits your letter and payroll information to the Illinois Department of Unemployment Security (IDES) to notify them the claim is fraudulent.

IDES marks your claim as fraud, but you may receive letters in the mail. See below for information on mail from IDES.

2. File a Police Report Immediately

File a report at your local police department or with the Lake Forest Police Department. Some police departments are overwhelmed by the volume and have stopped taking reports for unemployment fraud.

3. Report Identity Theft and Unemployment Fraud

1. Credit Reporting Agencies:

Place a free, one-year fraud alert by contacting one of the three credit bureaus. The credit bureau you choose to contact will inform the others.​ You’ll get a letter from each credit bureau. It will confirm that they placed a fraud alert on your file.

A fraud alert is free. It will make it harder for someone to open new accounts in your name. When you have an alert on your report, a business must verify your identity before it issues new credit in your name. You can renew the fraud alert after one year.


Experian Fraud Alert

Transunion Fraud Alert

Equifax Fraud Alert

2. Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES):

Click report fraud here.

3. Federal Trade Commission:

Report identity theft and get a recovery plan.

4. Review Your Bank Accounts

Any funds deposited into your account from unemployment will be required to pay back.

Regularly check your bank balances and credit card balances for fraudulent activity.

5. Credit Monitoring Services

US Department of Justice Unemployment Fraud Taskforce has identified past data breaches behind this type of fraud. More information on these data breaches and identity theft can be found at: IdentityTheft.gov/DataBreach

Consider credit monitoring services such as:


Legal Shield/ID Shied


6. Place a Freeze on Your Credit

Consider placing a freeze on your credit to prohibit any new credit applications from being opened in your name. Visit the FTC Credit Freeze Guide for instructions.

7. Keep Copies

Keep all information until tax time in the event there is an issue with filing your State or Federal taxes. IDES is working diligently to identify fraudulent claims and is working closely with the IRS.

Letters from IDES should be kept in case you need to submit proof of fraud to the IRS, for any future unemployment claim issues with the IDES, or any collections issues. Keep an eye out for a 1099G for unemployment. It is unknown if you will receive one. 

  • IDES Determination letter - Shows IDES has marked your UE claim as fraud

  • IDES Over payment/repayment letter

  • IDES UI Finding letter

  • Address Change Verification Notice - contact 800-244-5631 to verify current address

Frequently Asked Questions


In 1979, Vancouver welcomed a redeveloped Granville Island to the shores of False Creek. Transformed from an old industrial site, the design and vision for Granville Island was to transform the area into an urban park that promised to be something different. Its vision was to be an active public realm that would include cultural and artistic spaces, non-traditional retail, event and celebration spaces, an educational facility, all while still maintaining its overall industrial feel. The island was an instant success with both residents and tourists alike. Ever popular, Granville Island is currently one of the most frequented tourist attractions (and public markets) in Canada (VPSN, 2014).


The Canadian government transferred the management and redevelopment of the Island to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in 1973. This management transfer occurred at a time when CMHC was developing the south shore of False Creek for housing. A group of influential and innovative people were appointed to a new body, the Granville Island Trust, to assist CMHC in implementing a plan for the future. A budget of $25 million was allocated for the redevelopment, $11 million of which was used to purchase the remaining industrial leases (VSPN, 2014).


Multi-family residential buildings border Granville Island to the south, disconnecting it from the adjacent commercial/entertainment area. Highway 99 is the primary connection to the island from Downtown Vancouver, but the eight lanes of vehicular traffic and narrow sidewalks make this connection uninviting to pedestrians. Alternatively, pedestrians can access Granville Island via the Aquabus, for a fee.


Granville Island formerly consisted of two sand bars in Vancouver’s False Creek, which were used by local First Nations people as places to meet and to collect shellfish. In 1916, the federally-administered Vancouver Harbour Commission (VHC) built a seawall around the sand bars and created 41 acres of land to be used by industry. The VHC leased parcels of land to tenants who built their factories and mills in post and beam structures clad in a corrugated tin. For 40 years, the industry thrived on the island while the city of Vancouver grew around it.

In the 1960s, many of the industries began to move away due to changing market conditions. Those that remained were dirty. The island became an eyesore while the waters of False Creek became heavily polluted. The public’s sense of the environment was increasing, and they felt that something should be done to clean up the area; both the City of Vancouver and the Federal Government agreed (Siracusa, 2012).


A fundamental principle was that Granville Island would become a “people place” while remaining reflective of its industrial, maritime heritage (DIALOG, n.d.).


While the City of Vancouver and the Trust couldn’t initially agree on a vision for the island, they eventually came to a compromise, and a basic concept came together. This vision is articulated in a plan, the Granville Island Reference Document, which still acts as the chief formal agreement between the City and the Federal Government, providing a regulatory framework for the island. The Reference Document establishes some broad guidelines: the island is accessible to everyone, re-using existing buildings when possible, and the allocation of space provides a variety of land uses (limiting retail to arts and crafts, maritime products and a public market) (Siracusa, 2012).

The architects envisioned a radically different type of waterfront characterized - not by beaches or parks - but by various commercial and cultural programs (Whelan, 2014). Every building was analyzed by the designers to determine what was salvageable, attempting to keep as many of the original tin structures as possible. One major design decision that has significantly contributed to the atmosphere of Granville Island was not to separate vehicular/pedestrian traffic but to keep everything at one level. Pedestrians, cyclists, buses, concrete trucks all navigate the shared streets together. Another major decision was to continue the operation of Ocean Concrete. Though some argue the noise and vehicles are a nuisance, the designers hold firm that this is integral to the unique experience of Granville Island.


The project team set the goal of achieving Living Building Challenge and LEED certification at the beginning of the design, influencing the material selection and the build of an ecological system. The project team was able to integrate natural and human systems, restoring biodiversity and ecological balance to the site (International Living Future Institute, n.d.).


Granville Island showcased what an urban waterfront was and set the tone for the rest of waterfront development in downtown Vancouver to expand beyond just green space. Today this iconic destination, popular with both citizens and tourists alike, is recognized as a pioneering precedent for urban development across Canada (Whelan, 2014).


Granville Island is currently undergoing a redevelopment plan that aims to be completed by 2040. The main focus of this plan to increase accessibility and enhance public spaces.


GRANVILLE ISLAND 2040: BRIDGING PAST & FUTURE. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://granvilleisland2040.ca/

Granville Island Redevelopment. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.dialogdesign.ca/projects/granville-island-redevelopment/

History & Architecture. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://granvilleisland.com/history-and-architecture

Living Building Challenge Resources. (2019, March 29). Retrieved from https://living-future.org/lbc/resources/

Redefining Granville Island. (2015, February 24). Retrieved from http://vancouverpublicspace.ca/2015/02/24/redefining-granville-island/

Siracusa, L. (2012, September 10). How Granville Island Came to Be. Retrieved from https://www.pps.org/article/how-granville-island-came-to-be


Some of the programmed elements in Granville Island include a water park, canoe club, community centre, arts/creative studio spaces, marina, open green space, public market, yacht club, and charters. There is no residential development included on the Island, but there is a small number of houseboats that dock at the Northeast corner.


Granville Island is currently undergoing a redevelopment plan that aims to be completed by 2040. The main focus of this plan to increase accessibility and enhance public spaces.

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