A rusty Ford pickup stopped at a dumpster behind an apartment. A man got out and dumped nine boxes of personal information from a closed business. The business was Fasco Machine Company. The files included payroll and banking records for each employee, including hundreds of social security numbers. While the business is closed the records are still covered by current privacy laws. There is a good chance the man know this because he didn’t leave them in his own trash but tried to sneak them into an apartment dumpster. Unfortunately for the man a resident snapped a picture of his truck. Hope he gets a good haircut for is impending TV interview.
A dumpster filled with stacks of medical files have been uncovered in Greensboro, North Carolina. The files were from Prompt Med. The president said the files were supposed to have been moved from one warehouse to another one. He speculated that the company had failed to do the job correctly. The problem for Promt Med is that they are still liable for the HIPAA violations from this incident.
The files were uncovered by Gary Mcadoo who took them to the local news station. [full story]
More files have been found scattered across the neighborhood around Greensboro.
Another real estate broker goes out of business. Another dumpster gets filled with personal information. This time it is in Denver. If you bought, financed or re-financed a home you can ask for your files back after four years according to Real estate broker and mortgage broker Jude Sandvall. This will prevent them from ever ending up in a dumpster. You should also ask for them if the business goes bankrupt. [full story]
Albert Gonzalez of Miami has broken his own record for identity theft. He has been charged with stealing the credit cards of 130 million people. This beats his prior record of only 140 million. The irony is that he was employed by the secret service to track down hackers.
Some of his targets have been Heartland, Dave and Busters, 7-11, T.J. Maxx, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority and OfficeMax.
He is awaiting a trial for hacking with a possible life sentence and the new charges could add another 20 years.
Remember back in February when I reported about Virginia Beach Sheriff Paul Lanteigne’s plan to save money by using inmates to shred. The Concord State Prison was way ahead of him. And as is easy to predict it didn’t end well. An inmate was found with the personal information for all the employees for the department. The information included everything needed to commit identity theft at the least. They are now scrambling to find a shredding service to do the job right.
Still think it is a good plan Sheriff Lanteigne?
Century Income Tax had old tax documents they didn’t want. Instead of shredding it themselves or saving money and hiring a shredding service they decided to throw them in a dumpster. It is clear they knew what they were doing was wrong because they used a dumpster behind Bradley Middle School and not the one at their office. The police are investigating the files. With an aggressive state attorney general like Greg Abbott they will be wishing they had not tried to skirt their responsibilities to protect their customers personal information. Full news report.