Oregon’s Largest Union Members at Risk for Identity Theft After Employee Laptop Was Stolen

May 27, 2009

One of Oregon’s largest unions is at risk for identity theft after a union employee’s laptop was stolen. This laptop is said to have the information of all Local 555 members, including names, addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, or UFCW, has notified those who may have been affected and recommends they sign up for credit monitoring services and watch their credit reports and other financial information for activity that was not initiated by them.

A fraud alert can stop any new financial activity before it happens putting you in control of new credit accounts. Union members should consider an identity theft protection service to place and renew these alerts automatically and have the additional benefit of identity theft insurance. Some companies will even monitor the black market internet to see if anyone is buying or selling your information such as your Social Security number.

As of today, no one has been arrested, nor has the laptop been recovered by police.