Miami-Dade County - 06/06/2014

The county of Miami-Dade informed employees of a data breach where their personal information is being used to file fraudulent unemployment claims, along with credit card fraud. Currently, officials at the county are not clear if this breach happened internally or by external hackers.They have not released what specific information has been compromised.Federal officials at the U.S Inspector General's Office are leading the investigation due to false unemployment claims. The Human Resource Department of the agency has put out a statement."The recent news report on a “Data Breech” has understandably raised concerns amongst our employees regarding their personal information and whether they are one of the employees impacted by identity theft. Please be advised that when we identify a possible fraudulent unemployment claim, we immediately notify the Departmental Personnel Representative (DPR) for that employee. Our procedures are as follows: The Human Resources Department receives the Notices of Reemployment Assistance once a claim for unemployment has been filed with the Department of Employment Opportunity (DEO). If a claim is identified as fraudulent (once HR confirms the employee is an active employee) HR contacts the employee’s DPR to provide notice to the Department and notification is immediately sent to the Department of Unemployment indicating that it is a fraudulent claim. If an employee is notified that a fraudulent claim has been filed on their behalf, the employee should be instructed to do the following:   Contact the Unemployment Fraud Hotline to report the fraud at (800) 342-9909(800) 342-9909. They should report that their identity (SS#, Name) is being used to commit Unemployment Fraud.Make a note of the Master Case File # that has been assigned by the Miami-Dade Police Department:PD130322106429. File an Identity Theft Affidavit (IRS Form 14039), found at Notify their banking institutions Make routine checks on their bank accounts Conduct thorough reviews on their bank and credit card statements Visit to learn more about Identity Theft We assure you that fraudulent claims are being taken very seriously and every effort is being made to identify and refer these cases to the proper authorities for appropriate action."CallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype