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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Tuesday that individuals who have told the department they were victims of unemployment-related identify theft can receive free credit monitoring for one year. This will include identity theft monitoring, restoration and insurance. About 410,000 individuals who reported they had been victims of identity theft are being notified about their eligibility. Other who think they were victims but have not reported it to ODJFS can do so at https://unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov/ or by calling 833.658.0394.
An ODJFS release said that criminals used personal information obtained through large-scale data breaches to file claims using the victims' personal information. ODJFS is using an existing state contract with IDX, a nationally recognized provider of credit monitoring services. The cost to the state is estimated to be between $588,000 and $748,000 based on participation. Since the start of the pandemic, ODJFS has paid approximately $24 billion to 2.4 million claimants and found $496 million in fraudulent overpayments.