PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – A New Port Richey man wants responses from a local Social Security office after sending him personal information from three strangers. Michael Yates told Jackie Callaway that this is not the first time the Social Security Administration (SSA) office has mistakenly sent him other people’s records.
Yates showed ABC Action News dozens of pages with SS numbers, dates of birth, and other personal information on three people he doesn’t know. Yates says the papers were mixed up in his own social security papers sent to him from the SSA office in New Port Richey.
“Every hacker’s dream was in this paperwork,” said Yates.
Yates said a few years ago that the New Port Richey office had sent him documents containing tons of private information about 15 other people. The first time Yates said he reported it to the SSA, he destroyed the paperwork. This time he wanted to be certain that the problem would be fixed, so he called for action.
“I hope they’ll take it more seriously.”
ABC Action News notified the Atlanta Regional Social Security Bureau. In an email, the agency replied, “We take our responsibility to protect public information seriously. We have investigated the situation and are reviewing the agency’s policies and procedures, and are providing refresher training to the relevant staff.”
We were able to reach two of the people whose information was included in the latest documents sent to Yates. Both demanded the destruction of the papers. Yates says he shredded it.