Identity thieves hit 29 City of Pittsburgh employees

Joe Smydo reports:

At least 29 city employees from multiple departments are victims of identity theft, according to an e-mail that Pittsburgh police sent Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and other top city officials over the weekend.

The employees received bills from PayPal for purchases they didn’t make, Detective Christopher Jordan of the computer crimes unit said in the email.

Detective Jordan didn’t identify the 29 affected employees or their departments, but he said the thief or thieves set up account numbers using employees’ names, addresses and at least partial Social Security numbers. He didn’t say how the information might have been obtained.

“Some transactions are already made to the accounts and the balances range from $40 to $3,000. No one is out of pocket anything at this time,” he said, noting he is receiving assistance from U.S. postal inspectors and other agencies.

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WTAE reports:

Del Cimmuto said the victims include people who work in the Department of Public Safety, and police spokeswoman Diane Richard confirmed that police are among those affected public safety employees.


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