Thursday, August 02, 2007

Lifetime Fitness Club Chain Exposes Customers to Identity Theft

The Texas state Attorney General has taken legal action
against the Dallas area Lifetime Fitness chain locations
for improperly discarding customer records in easily
accessible trash cans behind the businesses in violation
of two state laws which requires proper destruction of
clients' sensitive personal information.


As reported by the Austin Business Journal:

According to investigators, the information that was
discarded contained names, addressed, social security
numbers and credit card information, as well as the
date of birth of several children.

"Texans expect their personal information to
remain confidential."

We agree with the Texas Attorney General as this
is not the first time a company has carelessly dumped
personal information for anyone to harvest.

So, our tip for today is for anyone living in the Dallas, Tx
area who may have provided their sensitive personal
or bank transfer information to Lifetime Fitness.

Contact the firm immediately to confirm your personal
information was not part of those customers who's
data was trashed and as a result exposed to potential
identity theft.

4 Comments:

At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been an employee of Life Time for 6 years in a different state and can tell you this is a regular practice. I have many times seen personal information, including credit card/bank account numbers, freely thrown in the dumpster, or even used as scrap paper.

 
At 11:37 PM, Blogger agent99 said...

Anonymous said...

"I have many times seen personal information, including credit card/bank account numbers, freely thrown in the dumpster, or even used as scrap paper."
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Shocking - very shocking that companies still act this way with the reckless disposal of their customer's data.

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger turbohojo said...

October 31, 2008 --
I had a club manager in New Hope, Minnesota, near Minneapolis and the LifeTime headquarters tell me that it isn't an issue to keep member drivers licenses in an unlocked drawer in exchange for a locker key. Corporate customer service assured me this wasn't a corporate policy but was unwilling to address the issue with the club manager directly. It's such a simple thing, but if they don't care about your drivers license I can only imagine that have little regard for credit card and other personal information.

 
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