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Laptops stolen from auditors may have members info
PORTLAND, Ore. (11/17/08)--Two Oregon credit unions have notified members that laptops stolen from outside auditors may have contained their names, account numbers and balances for certain types of deposit accounts but not critically sensitive information. OnPoint Community CU, based in Portland, said a laptop that belonged to a Michigan-based auditing firm was stolen after the auditors left the office of OnPoint Community CU on Oct. 29. OnPoint Community President/CEO Robert A. Stuart told members about the theft in a letter to members posted Nov. 4 on its website. And local media in Eugene, Ore., reported that Oregon Community CU, based in Eugene, sent out similar letters last week to members informing them that laptops had been stolen from auditors after they left the credit union for a required audit, also on Oct. 29 (KMTR.com Nov. 14). The auditors could not confirm they deleted all OnPoint information from the laptop before leaving the offices, as required by OnPoint policy, Stuart said. "Because of this uncertainty, we are taking a number of precautions, including proactively notifying our members," he said. He noted the information did not include any credit card information, debit card information or passwords. It also did not include any Social Security numbers, taxpayer ID numbers, birthdates or other information typically used in identity theft. "This appears to have been a random theft. There is no indication the thief has accessed any data, or is even aware of it," he told members. The credit union recommended members monitor their accounts and said employees will continue to carefully check member identification during business transactions. Oregon Community CU spokesperson Cheri Kistner told KMTR that the credit union believes the risk to members in minimal. The information taken did not include critically sensitive information, she said. Like the other credit union, Oregon Community CU encouraged members to monitor their accounts.
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