City: Stolen computers held personal information on 3,500 people

September 21, 2007

Associated Press

The city of Columbus is offering identity-theft protection services to more than 3,000 people whose Social Security numbers were on three computers stolen from a warehouse.

The theft affected people who had signed up for the city's Mobile Tool Library, which lends power tools, lawn mowers and supplies.

Officials say information on the computers was password-protected, making it difficult for thieves to gain access to the names and Social Security numbers.

Identity-theft protection services could cost the city more than $34,000 if everyone accepts the offer. The service includes fraud alerts to the three national credit bureaus.

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