Monday, August 14, 2006

Identity Theft Not So Pulp Fiction Hits Weyerhauser

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Weyerhauser, the paper manufacturer, has become the latest
case of identity theft when a woman was arrested while in
possession of a computer printout containing employee data.

It seems this identity thief, a New York woman, was arrested
after attempting to open a line of credit using a false identity.

Law enforcement authorities discovered she also held a

computer printout of hourly employees of two of the pulp
and paper manufacturer's plants.

As the company believes, based on the information held by
this identity thief, their entire employee information
for the two plants has been exposed, they are offering
a year's worth of "free" credit monitoring to
those 1,800
negatively impacted.

But, there's one big condition to those victims actually
receiving their "free" credit monitoring.

So, our tip for today is if you were a hourly employee
Weyerhauser's New Bern and Plymouth plants
during the time
period of Aug. 1 to Nov. 1, 2000,
you must contact any of the three major credit bureaus
to file your "free" fraud alert and to start your credit
monitoring account.

Weyerhauser will NOT automatically start the credit
account for you if you do not contact the
credit bureaus.

That's the condition, even though they have already paid for
your account.

Contact any of the three major credit bureaus to file your
free fraud alert and they will share that information with
the other two. However, it is only necessary for you to
open up credit monitoring with a single credit bureau from
the following list with toll free numbers:

Equifax - (800) 685-1111

Experian - (888) 397-3742

Trans Union - (888) 909-8872

Finally, since it's been nearly six years
many former employees may not have
recieved the news yet directly from
Weyerhauser, so be a good friend any
forward this notice to anyone you know
who could be missing out on their "free"
credit monitoring to protect their credit.


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