Computer stolen at the Hall of Justice puts some at risk for identity theft
The information believed to be at risk on the hard drive used by two Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys.
Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- A computer stolen at the Louisville Hall of Justice puts some people at risk of identity theft.
The computer used by two Assistant County Attorneys was taken from a publicly accessible conference room. Louisville Metro launched an internal investigation, after the theft was reported. With the help of an outside forensic expert, the city determined there may have been sensitive information on the computer.
The computer was recovered, but the hard drive had been removed. Emails of the two attorneys may have been on the hard drive. Those emails could potentially contain names, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and driver's license numbers. That information was accessed on April 19, 2017.
So far, Louisville Metro isn't aware of any attempted misuse of the information, but the city is alerting the public. And notices have been mailed to less than 175 individuals that may be at risk of having their information stolen.
Louisville Metro has established a confidential call center staffed with professionals who can answer questions and provide information on how to protecting personal information. The call center is available Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. E.T. at 1-800-939-4170.
The city is encouraging those at risk to review account statements and credit reports for suspicious activity.
Under U.S. law individuals are entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus. To order a free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call, toll-free, 1-877-322-8228. You may also contact the three major credit bureaus directly to request a free copy of your credit report.
Individuals may also contact the three major credit reporting agencies below to put a “fraud alert” or “credit freeze” on their credit file.
Equifax - 800-525-6285
Experian - 888-397-3742
TransUnion - 800-680-7289
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