Department of Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Insurance

Overpayments - Reporting Possible Fraud

We work to prevent and detect claimant and employer fraud in the South Dakota Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. Benefit fraud costs everyone money. South Dakota law provides penalties to claimants and employers who commit fraud.

The following are some examples of fraud. If a claimant:

  • Fails to report earnings and/or tips
  • Fails to report work to pay off a bill or for rent
  • Fails to report cash for work
  • Fails to report self employment
  • Fails to report being enrolled in school
  • Fails to report he/she refused work
  • Reports he/she was able and available to work when he/she was not
  • Reports he/she looked for work when he/she did not
  • Reports the wrong last employer
  • Reports a layoff when he/she was not

View a YouTube video for tips on preventing unemployment insurance fraud.


If you are aware of someone fraudulently collecting UI benefits, please use one of the methods below to inform us about it. You are a very important source of information about claimants and employers committing fraud.

All allegations of fraud are investigated.

You can make a report anonymously or give us your name. Knowing who you are gives us a chance to obtain additional details if needed.

To be sure we are able to adequately investigate your allegation, be sure to include as much information as possible. If you do not have all the information requested, do not worry; tell us what you do know.

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Contact Us to Report South Dakota UI Fraud

Unemployment Insurance Division - Benefit Payment Control Unit
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
P.O. Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730
Phone: 605.626.7649
Fax: 605.626.2216

Please provide as much of the following information as possible when you report potential fraud:

  • Who is committing fraud?
  • The person's full name and address
  • The person's Social Security number
  • The person's home telephone number
  • What the person is doing (e.g. working, running a business, living in another country, unable to work)
  • If the person is working, the employer's name
  • The employer's address and telephone number
  • The location of the employer the person is working for
  • When the person started doing this
  • How you learned of this information
  • The names of others who know the above information
  • Your name, address and telephone number (optional)

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Unemployment Insurance
420 South Roosevelt Street
Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730
Ph: 605.626.2301
Fax: 605.626.2322