Last week, 12,000 Baltimore County employees were told of an alleged mass identity theft. Their personal information — name, social security number, address, and so on — had been found in the possession of a Florida man who had formerly done contract work for the county.
And then it got even worse. Police later discovered bank account information08 for 6,633 employees and former employees among the suspect’s stolen data.
According to Baltimore Business Journal, the county won’t be officially notifying those affected by this further privacy breach until Tuesday. They must really be hemming and hawing over how exactly to drop this bomb.
Let’s see. How about:
“Dear worker or former worker,
“Baltimore County here. Listen, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is, if you’re ever in a jam and forget your checking account number there’s a guy you can call in Florida who may be able to help you out. The bad news is, well, probably already evident. Anyway, thanks for reading.
“Your pal, B.C.”
In all seriousness, if you are someone who may have been a victim of this, it would be a good idea to monitor your accounts closely for unauthorized activity and speak with your bank about what kind of protections it offers for situations like these.
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