PA Department of Public Welfare Begins Outreach to Clients After Computer Theft at State Office

Dec 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

    HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of
 Public Welfare today began notifying 86 clients whose personal information
 was contained on a computer stolen from a DPW office in Philadelphia.
     While there is no indication that any of the information on the stolen
 computer has been used inappropriately, DPW wants to ensure that
 potentially affected clients are notified of the incident, and understand
 that the department is taking every possible precaution to protect them.
     "We sincerely apologize to all of those who may be affected by this
 regrettable incident," said Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman.
 "The department is working closely with law enforcement throughout their
 investigation and is ready to assist every client who may be impacted."
     The information on the computer was password protected. The information
 contained the names and Social Security numbers of approximately 14 clients
 and the names and addresses only of another 72 clients.
     The department today began mailing notification letters to all 86
 individuals who could potentially be affected in order to explain what has
 happened and to assist them with any remediation steps they will need to
     Consumers with questions or those who believe they have been affected
 may call the DPW helpline toll-free, (800) 692-7462, Monday through Friday
 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Consumers may also call the DPW Change Center
 toll-free, (877) 395-8930 statewide or (215-560-7226 in the Philadelphia
 area, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     For additional information on identify theft or to learn about steps to
 take if you believe you have been a victim, visit the Pennsylvania
 Commission on Crime and Delinquency's Web site at
     Anne C. Bale
     (717) 787-4592

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare