Discarded personal info. found in Dumpster

September 1, 2009 1:07:19 PM PDT
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said today that the personal financial information of hundreds of people in the Bay Area found discarded in a Dumpster this month does not appear to have been used for identity theft.

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Hundreds of pages of improperly discarded paperwork were found Aug. 1 in the trash on Country Club Drive in unincorporated South San Francisco, Lt. Ray Lunny said.

Lunny said it appears the documents were to be shredded or destroyed but were dumped instead.

The paperwork included mortgage, titles and other personal information generated between Jan. 1 and July 1, 2006, the sheriff's office said.

Anyone who has noticed discrepancies with mortgages or loans should contact their mortgage or title company, the sheriff's office said.

Among the mortgage, lending and title companies listed on the paper work are Alliance Title; American Prime Funding; Funding Suite; Financial Title Company; Ticor Title Company; Orange Coast Title Company; and Bella Homes and estates.

Many of the companies are no longer in business, the sheriff's office said.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has the paperwork and intends to destroy it. Anyone who has been a victim of identity theft should contact local law enforcement.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call detective Stephanie Josephson at (650) 821-6204 or the sheriff's office's anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.

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