October 20, 2021

The number of IDs stolen during a pandemic surged

According to police records, 82 cases of personal information theft were reported in Westerville in 2018. During the first seven months of this year, that number surged to over 350.

Columbus, Ohio — Did you receive a debit card or unemployment insurance application that you did not apply for by mail?

Like thousands of Americans, you may have stolen your identity.

Law enforcement agencies believe that pandemics are responsible for the surge in crime.

“We received the letter by mail, and it was the document they wanted to submit about the unemployment I received,” said Clark Swain, a resident of Westerville.

He retired from the railroad a few years ago, so he asked when he received a letter and phone call about unemployment benefits.

“I told them I wasn’t eligible for unemployment, and some other words of choice,” Swain said with a smile.

“We had a lot of people absent from work and a lot of people…

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