NJ misdirects Social Security numbers

May 19, 2009 6:30:00 AM PDT
New Jersey officials have warned nearly 30,000 unemployed residents that their Social Security numbers may have been sent to the wrong place. The numbers were included in unemployment reports sent to former employers.

Officials say the reports were longer because some companies had significant layoffs. Workers had to stuff envelopes by hand and some reports were misplaced.

Labor Department spokesman Kevin Smith says even though warnings were mailed to nearly 30,000 people, the number affected is probably smaller.

Recipients were told to contact the state Consumer Affairs Division for information about identity theft protection.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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