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Hard Drive with Social Security Numbers Stolen from State Agency
COLUMBUS -- Nearly 200 Ohioans' names and Social Security numbers were stolen right out of the hands of the Department of Job and Family Services earlier this month.
ABC 22/FOX 45 has learned of at least one local victim.
The Department of Job and Family Services manages the state's unemployment department.
Our station got our hands on a letter sent from the Department of Job and Family Services. In it, the Department says that on Dec. 2, a computer hard drive was stolen from the facility and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating the report.
The letter goes on to say, "we take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard the personal information you entrust to our care."
We talked to a man, who wants to remain unidentified from the Miami Valley, "I would expect that of some two-bit operation, I wouldn't expect that out of a government establishment," he said.
He went on to say that this is the last thing to add on the plate of those currently without a job, "they also said to keep an eye on all three of the credit bureaus, to make sure nothing shows up."
The letter sent out to 193 Ohioans says the department is trying to help those affected by arranging free identity theft prevention and protection for one year.
The man from the Miami Valley fears for his information because it took over a week to receive a letter -- meaning he wasn't able to safeguard his information until then.
"One thing I want to know is how it happened and what's being done so it doesn't happen again," he said.
We reached out to the Department of Job and Family Services. They say they have no reason to believe information was improperly used and they quickly posted the information on their website and Facebook page after they learned of the crime.
"If they can't handle important things like people's Social Security numbers, maybe they need to get a new group of people that can."
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