How Convicts Legally Access Your DMV Data
Imagine hardened criminals such as murderers and
drug dealers regularly retrieving your highly personal
information as part of their prison job.
Well, if you resided in the state of Oregon during
2005 - this was the reality then and it may have been
occurring for as long as 17 years!
It seems, the state "DMV employed inbound call support
services from the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility."
What that means is, say you called into the DMV for
help. There was a 50% chance your call could either
be handled by a regular DMV employee -or- a
convicted criminal forced to work by a state
What type of information, then, could those convicted
murders and other hardened criminals have access to
that you wouldn't necessarily even want a stranger to
Try these golden pieces of information highly prized
by just about any identity theft credit fraudster:
- Your Full Name
- Your Date of Birth (dob)
- Your Driver's License Number
- Vehicle Identification and Title Numbers
While the inmates who were convicted for identity
theft were prohibited from working within the prison
call support center, alarmingly those convicted of
drug offenses were.
With the reoccuring connection which has subsequently
emerged between crystal meth users and identity theft,
combined with the explosion of documented id theft
disclosures since 2005, we find what was allowed to
happen in Oregon as extremely appalling at best.
"In Nov. 2005, Portland Police discovered
the DMV records for 1999 to 2000 on a laptop
computer at a meth-house. The records
contained information on thousands of
individuals including their names, dates
of birth,home addresses, social security
numbers and credit scores.
Unfortunately, there is no law in Oregon that
would require the DMV to notify individuals
whose personal information was found in this
At worst, it represents more of the short sighted
inept management decisions which have allowed over
90 million Americans to have had their most prized
and confidential personal information to have been
exposed since 2005.
So, our tip for today is to not leave your financial
well being and future in the hands of corrupt public
officials, misguided management policies, & ever
resourceful identity theft criminals.
Get your data out of the public domain as
much as humanly possible by utilizing opt out
Also, contact your local DMV to request your
personal information be restricted from wide
spread use as allowable within the laws of the
state you reside in.
Finally, make sure you regularly check your
public record profile for any criminal or