[Dataloss] TX: Convenience store accused of dumping receipts

rchick rchicker at etiolated.org
Thu Jun 19 20:26:55 UTC 2008


HOUSTON -- A Houston-based convenience store chain has been accused of
exposing its customers to identity theft, KPRC Local 2 reported

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Petroleum Wholesale, which
operated Sunmart Travel Centers and Convenience Stores in 10 states,
improperly disposed of customer records containing information
including Social Security numbers, bank account number and credit and
debit card information.

Investigators said that the company dumped hundreds of records in a
publicly accessible trash container outside its former headquarters.
Officials said the records included receipts with customers' names and
full credit or debit card numbers, including expiration dates. The
records also included returned checks and forms containing customers'
names and bank routing, driver's license and Social Security numbers,
investigators said.


Petroleum Wholesale was also charged with violating Chapter 35 of the
Business and Commerce Code, which requires companies to develop
retention and disposal procedures for confidential information. It
could be fined up to $500 per abandoned record.


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