Agency 'horrified' after document with Social Security numbers found in North End
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
An agency in town is vowing to make changes after losing a document containing the personal information of nearly a dozen local veterans.
KBOI 2News received a call from a man who says he found the document in the North End.
Michael Worth says the document contained the names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of eleven veterans.
"Anybody older than a teenager knows that your Social Security number and date of birth is information that you want to protect," Worth said. "You don't carry your Social Security card with you for this very reason. I could take the information on this sheet and apply for credit cards in the names of each one of these people and if their credit is sufficient, I'd get them."
KBOI 2News did some checking and found out the document came from an agency that serves homeless veterans. The El Ada Community Action Partnership says it was horrified about what happened.
A spokesperson says a worker printed out the sheet while trying to find an open bed for a veteran over the weekend. But someone broke into the worker's vehicle and took the paper.
El Ada says it's taken steps to prevent this from happening in the future including make it impossible for this type of sensitive information to be printed. The agency says it's been in contact with all the veterans listed on the paper about credit protection services.