OH: Towards Employment warns clients of data breach, possible identity theft

Robert Schoenberger reports:

Towards Employment, a Cleveland non-profit agency that has helped more than 100,000 low-income residents and ex-convicts find jobs over the past 36 years, is warning its clients that they are at risk for identity theft.

Last month, a thief stole a Towards Employment laptop that held a database with the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of about 26,000 of the group’s clients.

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The FAQ on the agency’s site explains:

On May 11, 2012, a laptop computer assigned to a Towards Employment employee was stolen from its offices. The laptop contained a database with information about Towards Employment’s current and former program participants. The database included the following personal information: names, addresses, and social security numbers, but did not include financial data or information. The laptop was password protected, but it is possible that someone could still gain access to the personal information on the laptop.

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