PA Department of Public Welfare Begins Outreach to Clients After Computer Theft at State Office
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 take. 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 http://www.identitytheftactionplan.com. CONTACT: Anne C. Bale (717) 787-4592
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
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