Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It's 10:00 a.m. Do You Know Where Your Loan File Is?

by Tanta on 10/23/2007 10:01:00 AM

I guess we can only hope that the credit crunch cramps the style of identity thieves. From the Wall Street Journal:

Last month, Waldell Thomas, a maintenance worker at Montego Apartments in Atlanta, made a discovery inside the complex's Dumpster: a cache of 40 boxes of loan files containing Social Security numbers, credit reports and other data on customers of Ameriquest Mortgage Co.
Next time you talk to a mortgage broker, you might want to ask about their file retention/destruction policies. As a general rule, "I keep them in cardboard boxes in my basement until I take them to the dumpster of some condo project" is not the right answer.

The worst part of this is that there do not seem to be criminal penalties for file dumping in Georgia. I guess it's not a crime until the dumpster-divers find your credit report.