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Important Alert to District of Columbia Employers and Residents: Notice of E-Mail Identity Theft Scam

If you receive an e-mail that claims to be sent on behalf of the Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) with an email address ending in that requests information about a former employee, do not reply to the message and do not click the link in the message.

This appears to be an e-mail identity theft scam.

Neither the United States Department of Labor nor the Office of Unemployment Compensation at the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services sent the e-mail. The District of Columbia does not process DUA claims nor would either office request confidential information in this manner.

If you are an employer and responded to a request for employment or wage information from the Division of Unemployment Assistance or if you are a District resident and believe your identity has been compromised or stolen, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) enforces the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Laws.  You can file a consumer protection complaint with the Office of the Attorney General at, e-mail the Office of the Attorney General at, or contact OAG at (202) 442-9828.

Visit the Office of the Attorney General at for additional resources on protecting the identity of your business and employees.

Important Announcement Regarding Work Search Requirements for Unemployment Compensation Benefits

Beginning March 23, 2012, the Department of Employment Services will be enhancing and enforcing strict work search compliance measures as mandated by a recent change in federal law.

Failure to conduct a thorough work search (through seeking and applying for employment) or refusing to accept suitable work will affect your eligibility and may result in a denial of benefits.

DOES verifies work search activities and may ask for evidence of your work search efforts at any time. Protect your eligibility for benefits by keeping a detailed record of your work search. Provide as much information regarding your contacts and applications as possible.