Monday, March 27, 2006

64,000 SSN Identity Data Sent to Wrong Addresses

64,000-SSN-Identity-Data-Sent-to-Wrong-Addresses-audio post - click to play

Thursday, the California EDD confirmed
it had sent
64,000 tax forms, known as
1099's, to the wrong
addresses. According
to the EDD, a "software glitch" resulted in the
1099 tax forms being sent in January to the
garbled addresses that were a combination
of the previous street address with the
intended recipients new city and zip code.

As a result, the 64,000 consumers highly
sensitive information has been exposed
to potential identity theft & credit fraud:

  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Income information

The EDD sent out the 1099s in January
but learned
of the problem in February
and notified potential
identity theft
victims last week.
The EDD waited
to inform people because...

"we had to identify who had been
impacted and how to correct the
problem."

So, our tip for today is contact the EDD to insure
you were not effected if you have received from
the state any of the following the past 18 months:

  1. Unemployment benefits
  2. Paid family leave
  3. Disability payouts from the state

The toll free phone number is 1-800-480-3287.

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