Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ameriquest Mortgage Exposes Credit Reports and SSN to Identity Thieves

With this summer's melt down of the sub-prime mortgage
industry, Ameriquest was found to have dumped 40 boxes
worth of their customer's highly confidential credit information
into the trash dumpsters near a Atlanta area apartment complex.


For would be identity thieves, it just doesn't get any easier than
this example to steal the identities of a countless number of
unsuspecting victims.

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According to the Wall Street Journal this mortgage industry
problem could be much worse than suspected when similar
incidents have been reported in Hawaii and Indiana:

"Over three days, he peered into 40 Dumpsters behind
loan branches and title companies that handle mortgage
documents.

In nearly half -- 18 -- he discovered sensitive information
about borrowers."

You could see their complete financial lives on paper,
dating back 20, 30, 40 years," he said. Among the finds
inside the mortgage files: a letter from one borrower's
counselor saying he was doing well in alcohol rehab."

Fortunately, though, at least in the Atlanta case a good samaritan
retrieved all of the boxes and turned them over to local police for
safekeeping.

So, our tip for today is to assume that most companies,
especially those going through financial distress and
employee turnover, are prime suspects to loose your
confidential personal data.

Arm yourself by enrolling in credit monitoring as well
as to get your non-credit (but publicly available) personal
data secured.

Because, you never may know who can easily retrieve
your credit records or social security number (ssn) from
the trash someplace and ruin your financial future.

3 Comments:

At 9:45 PM, Blogger agent99 said...

For an identity thief to get a full credit report including social security numbers (ssn), date of birth, address, & phone is worth thouands of dollars each.

Adding insult to injury, those boxes contained mortgage application data which is even more extensive than typically for credit cards.

Why wouldn't the parent company not be held liable for a local office's shoddy handling of sensitive consumer data?

 
At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's just great - first mortgage companies like Ameriquest rip us off with loan shark rates on our mortgages.

Then when they get caught with all of those defaulted loans, they simply close down their offices and move on.

Meanwhile, after all of the profits have been siphoned off of us consumers, they just throw our credit information in the trash like yesterday's rotten garbage.

Is it any wonder why identity thieves are making a killing off of the likes of the mortgage industry?

Someone ought to investigate this further.

This makes me so angry.

 
At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How bout this Agent 99, they make the CEO of Ameriquest go down to Atlanta and personally have to apologize to all of their customers whose data they were neglible in the disposal of
their personal data.

Even better still, have a local TV news crew there to film the public apology so as to make an example of these company CEO's who gladly enjoy the profits but don't spend the money to protect the data their customers provide and entrust them with.

 

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