In a follow up to an earlier story; the Mount Pleasant police have charged Anthony Loius Smalls with illegal dumping. Smalls was hired by American Media Services LLC to dispose of personal information. However, he just left the boxes of personal information in a dumpster behind the Sea Island Shopping Center.
He must have know what he was doing was illegal because he didn’t leave the information in his own dumpster. Along with illegal dumping he has violated FACTA and could face additional charges. American Media Services LLC has also violated FACTA by not doing due diligence into who they hired for the job.
It is always better to get a reputable South Carolina shredding service than trust a guy and a pickup.
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs has launched an investigation into why hundreds of private financial data was found in a dumpster behind a Mount Pleasant business complex. The data is from businesses around the country.
It is generally an easy task to find out who put the information in the dumpster. Once discovered they guilty party faces penalties for the Department of Consumer Affairs or lawsuits from the parties who had their information exposed.
The cost of shredding is slow low why risk the fines and the unpleasant interview on the evening news.
A dumpster behind the Socorro County Housing Authority had a treasure trove of information for a would be identity thief. An unidentified man discovered hundreds of files of the private financial data for previous tenants. When asked about the problem the Mary Ann Chavez, the director said “There were more than 100? Oh my God, yeah, see, because we just cleaned out some of our files. “I know we had a volunteer come in and help us.”
So to protect the private information in their care they used an untrained volunteer. Why not do it right and get in an Albuquerque shredding service? Instead they get some bad pr on the local news.
Albert Gonzalez is the 28 year old Miami man behind the largest identity theft ring ever detected. If you recall he stole 225 million credit card numbers from several companies.
He plead guilty to 19 felony counts and is expected to spend 20 years in jail. [full story]
The School for the Physical City moved locations this summer but it appears they didn’t take their records with them. Instead they left them on the curb for the world to look through. The school is for 9th-12th graders and was located on East 25th Street. They have since moved to West 14th Street and their old location was taken over by Baruch College.
The records on the curb included 15 boxes and overflowing dumpsters with students vital information including psychological reports and birth certificates.
If you are moving and don’t want to get in the Post then look for a New York shredding service.
It will be years before all the bad mortgages are worked out of the realty market. It may take even longer before all the paperwork from the bad mortgage companies gets destroyed.
Another cache was found in San Mateo. This one had had hundreds of mortgage files for several companies now out of business. The files are now in the posession of the San Mateo Sheriff’s office. It doesn’t appear there was any foul play but it just highlights the dangers of how many people have our personal information. [full story]
The bankruptcy court should mandate that all the files get properly stored or shredded as part of any settlement.