Sensitive data found in dumpster reveals SSNs and health info
A large number of medical documents and files containing private information were found in a dumpster outside of an office complex in Hiram, Ga.
How many victims? The number of people affected has not been disclosed.
What type of personal information? Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, bank account information and private health information.
What happened? After receiving an anonymous tip, a local news reporter discovered the personal information in a dumpster just outside of an office complex.
What was the response? The Hiram Police Department contacted an FBI field office in Rome, Ga. An agent was sent to investigate the matter.
Details: Ross Cavitt, a Channel 2 Action News reporter, was given a tip from an anonymous caller about the disposed information. After discovering the dumpster filled with the private data, he contacted the Hiram Police Department. According to Cavitt, the documents found came from an orthopedic practice, as well as the office of Family Intervention Services in a nearby complex. Both businesses had recently moved out.
Quote: “At this time, we've contacted the FBI field office in Rome, and they got into contact with us stating that they are going to send an agent down to look at this case, and hopefully they'll take it over from there,” said Lt. Brian Acree of the Hiram Police Department.
Source: http://wsbtv.com, Channel 2 Action News, “Confidential records found in Paulding Co. dumpster,” Mar. 4, 2013.