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CA unemployment agency is putting millions at risk of fraud, audit finds – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2020-11-20 01:08:19 –

Fresno, Calif. (KFSN)-The California Employment Development Department said Thursday that it prints social security numbers on most documents it mails, making it easier for criminals to steal or scam their personal information. It was.

The Board of Corporate Auditors urged EDD to suspend practices in March 2019, knowing that the criminal contained a Social Security number and may be looking for a letter from the authorities.

But when the pandemic broke out a year later and millions were unemployed, EDD was still printing numbers on letters.

Auditors estimate that more than 38 million emails with Social Security numbers were sent after March.

On Thursday afternoon, Congressman Jim Paterson of Fresno commented on a report from the state auditor and that EDD could not be switched to a more secure ID number.

“EDD made it available and facilitated fraud, and they essentially did business as usual, and that business endangered millions of Californians as usual. “He said.

The EDD also responded to the auditor’s findings on Thursday and said it promised to protect the confidentiality of both the complainant’s information and the department’s programs from fraud.

However, authorities also acknowledged that the program to switch to using secure ID numbers was behind schedule.

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