Posted on October 21st, 2012 No comments
Florida cops are looking for an alleged ID theif who dresses like a lady in order to use stolen credit cars swiped from elderly residents of assisted living facilities.
Meko Hartfield, a 29-year-old Florida man, took identity theft to the next level by swiping an elderly woman’s credit cards and ID, then dressing as a woman while using her identity, cops said.
A resident of the Winter Park Towers Assisted Living Facility had her Social Security card, driver’s license and credit cards stolen in September, according to a Winter Park Police Department press release.
The credit cards were used at stores in Orlando and Altamonte Springs.
Cops were looking for a female suspect after security cameras at a Target where the cards were used captured an image of a woman wearing nurse’s scrubs.
They eventually realized the woman they were looking for was actually a man: 29-year-old Meko Hartfield.
Hartfield poses as an employee at assisted living facilities in order to rob residents, cops said.
He is suspected of a similar crime at a facility in Oviedo, and he isn’t a health care worker at all, as far as police know.
Cops are still looking for Hartfield, as well as an unidentified male accomplice who was caught on camera at Target with him.
Posted on September 18th, 2008 No comments
In a survey conducted by the Conference Board, top executives from 300 companies ranked the security of company records as one of the top five critical issues facing business. When asked which issues required immediate attention and policy development, the security of company records ranked second only to employee health screening.
Posted on September 17th, 2008 No comments
Common sense dictates that payroll information and materials that involve labor relations or legal affairs, should not be entrusted to lower level employees for destruction. But, beyond that, competition sensitive information is best protected from them as well. It has been established, time and again, that employees are the most likely to realize the value of certain information to competitors. And, lower wage employees often have the economic incentive to capitalize on their access to it. The only acceptable alternatives are to have the materials destroyed under the supervision of upper management or by a carefully selected, high security service.
Posted on September 16th, 2008 No comments
To extract the scrap value from office paper, recycling companies use unscreened, minimum wage workers, to extensively sort the paper under unsecured conditions. The >acceptable< paper is stored for indefinite periods of time until there is enough of a particular type to sell. The sorted paper, still intact, is then baled and sold to the highest bidder, often overseas, where it may be stored again for weeks or even months until it is finally used to make new products.
There is no fiduciary responsibility inherent in the recycling scenario. Paper is given away or sold and, by doing so, a company gives up the right say in how it is handled. There is, also, no practical means of establishing the exact date that a record is destroyed. In the event of an audit or litigation, this could be a legal necessity. And, further, if something of a private nature does surface, the selection of this unsecured process could be interpreted as negligent. For all these reasons, the choice of recycling as a means of information destruction is undesirable from a risk management perspective.
If environmental responsibility is a concern, materials may be recycled after they are destroyed or a firm can contract a service that will destroy the materials under secure conditions before recycling them. Any recycling company that minimizes the need for security has its own interests in mind and should be avoided.