Scams

by Mike Masnick




ChoicePoint Data Theft Spreads To Many More People

from the and-so-it-goes dept

Earlier in the week, the news came out that ChoicePoint (formerly a unit of credit bureau Equifax) had simply handed out personal info for many California residents to a sham new business whose only purpose was to use that data for identity theft. At least 750 people were scammed. At the time of the announcement, they made it sound like it was only (only!) 35,000 residents of California -- where privacy laws require that those who may have given up personal info must alert those impacted. However, it seems that some other states began to get curious about this, and even though it took some prompting from various AGs, ChoicePoint is now admitting that 145,000 people were impacted. Once again, this demonstrates how identity theft issues are very often completely out of the control of the individuals themselves -- but due to poor security at the companies who handle all of our data.

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    Carolyn Fumia, 5 Jul 2005 @ 10:38am

    Re: Confirmation ChoicePoint

    I have emailed them a few times, but they will not answer the question if my info. was jeopardized. They will reveal it over the phone but not in writing. I received an envelope from them months ago, but I threw it away at the PO because I thought it was junk mail, and I did not do business with them.

    I also requested they remove my personal and financial info. from their data base. No response to 3 letters sent via email.

    I was intending to send certified letters to their Records Dept. in Brentwood, TN and to their Headquarters in Alpharetta, GA and request this info. again. Glenwood Financial has made several requests on my credit report for info., and I never authorized them to do so.

    This is the last letter I recieved:

    Dear Carolyn Fumia,

    We notified all 145,000 potentially affected consumers via the United States Postal Service. Approximately 35,000 of these consumers are California residents and approximately 110,000 are residents of other states. Please call our consumer help line at 1-877-547-2518 to determine if your information was potentially affected. You can also go to our website at
    http://www.choicepoint.com/privacyatchoicepoint/consumers.html
    for more consumer information. Beyond that I can not tell you if your personal and financial information been jeopardized. You need to follow the steps that were indicated in the letter before.

    Best Regards,

    Becky
    The Feedback Team
    ChoicePoint Inc,
    4530 Conference Way South
    Boca Raton Fl, 33431
    800-279-7710


    ~~~~
    Any suggestions??

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