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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials are warning Ohioans about the potential for fraud and identity theft from smartphone applications that claim to offer access to account balances for cash and food assistance programs.

The mobile apps costing less than $2 require users to provide confidential financial information.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Wednesday the agency does not recommend purchasing or downloading this type of app, which isn't approved by the state or its partners.

The department says it never charges individuals for access to account information. The agency is directing people to check their account information on the state's secure website.

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Online: http://ODJFSbenefits.ohio.gov .

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