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August 1, 2000

Report a fraud today on state hotline or web site

Know of a dishonest employer or contractor? Now there's something you can do about it, without even giving your name if you don't want to. Try the Report-a-fraud hotline: 1-888-811-5974 or the Report-a-fraud web site: /fraud/.

Here are some examples of fraudulent employers or contractors:

  • An employer who is not reporting workers' hours to the Department of Labor & Industries for worker's compensation insurance or to the Employment Security Department for unemployment insurance.
  • Or maybe they're not registered as a business with the Department of Revenue, so are not paying business and occupation taxes.
  • Or what about a contractor who isn't registered with Labor & Industries, so is not bonded or insured?
  • Or what about a contractor who asks for large amounts of money for supplies up front before doing any work? Often this means they don't have money and can't get credit. Honest contractors usually wait until they finish a job before asking for total payment.

They are not paying their share of the cost of doing business and are giving themselves an unfair business advantage over honest employers and contractors.

Fraudulent activity costs consumers and taxpayers millions of dollars every year. Other employers, employees, insurance carriers and Washington consumers pay the cost of fraud in lost jobs and profit, lower wages and benefits, and higher costs for services and premiums.

The Department of Labor & Industries, the Department of Revenue, and the Employment Security Department are committed to working together to prevent and fight fraud on several fronts, and we hope you will join us in this endeavor.


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