[Dataloss] TX: Hundreds of Insurance files found in Richardson dumpster

Arshad Noor arshad.noor at strongauth.com
Sat Jun 14 01:57:54 UTC 2008

Just another company taking another short cut....

The only thing that might make this worse for the victims
is if the policies were for identity-theft protection!

Arshad Noor
StrongAuth, Inc.

rchick wrote:
> June 13, 2008
> http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/tv/stories/wfaa080613_lj_lopez.2c3f840a.html
> RICHARDSON - You expect when you give your private information to an
> insurance company, it will stay that way.
> But on Friday, hundreds of files with people's names, social security
> numbers and policy numbers were found in a Richardson dumpster - a
> gold mine for identity thieves.
> The files contain a lot of private information. The people who filled
> out the forms probably never expected them to end up where anyone
> could simply walk away with them.
> Mike McCarty was driving by a dumpster near his work in Richardson. He
> saw a man taking pictures of trash inside, so he stopped.
> "If you look through these far enough, you'll find most of the data
> that a thief would be looking for," McCarty said.
> "[The man] said he was looking for empty boxes because he was going to
> move but he found a bunch of these files."
> There were files with people's names, addresses, social security
> numbers and even pictures of their homes and cars.
> "Not something you would want to find in a dumpster," said McCarty.
> The files were dumped here by a company called Texas Insurance Claims
> Services which processes people's claims.
> [..]

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