Fedor Encourages Unemployment-Related ID Theft Victims to Enroll in Free Credit-Monitoring
January 26, 2022
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), who sits on the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council, released the following statement after the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced it will offer one year of free credit monitoring to victims of unemployment-related identity theft:
“I have heard from many Ohioans who have fallen victim to unemployment-related identity theft, and urge all who have been affected to use this free credit monitoring system,” Fedor said. “It is unfortunate that we have to spend more money fixing departmental issues but I’m glad that ODJFS is taking the necessary steps to address the harm done by the unemployment system over the past two years.”
In the coming weeks, ODJFS will be notifying nearly 410,000 Ohioans who are eligible for the one-year credit monitoring service. This is expected to cost ODJFS between $588,000 and $740,000, depending on how many individuals enroll.
Ohioans who believe they were victims of unemployment-related identity theft and have not yet reported it to ODJFS can do so at unemployment.ohio.gov or by calling 833-658-0394.