The FTC website has details about the reimbursement of expenses suffered by people who became identity theft victims because of the wrongdoing of ChoicePoint.
Here is an excerpt:
Last year, ChoicePoint, a company that compiles and sells personal information, announced that it had sold information about many consumers to people who turned out to be identity thieves. The FTC, the nation’s consumer protection agency, investigated the ChoicePoint security breach and alleged that, in some cases, these sales resulted in identity theft. The FTC and ChoicePoint reached a settlement requiring the company, among other things, to pay $5 million to be used to reimburse consumers for expenses due to identity theft caused by ChoicePoint’s security breach.
With the assistance of law enforcement agencies, the Federal Trade Commission identified over 2,400 additional consumers who may have experienced out-of-pocket expenses due to identity theft connected with the alleged security lapses at ChoicePoint Inc. The FTC has mailed claims forms for reimbursement to those consumers.
The form must be postmarked by August 18, 2007 to be considered. Please be sure to include your name and address so that we may contact you regarding your claim.
Yet another reminder we must be vigilant in protecting ourselves. If you think you have a claim with ChoicePoint, please take the necessary steps before the deadline.
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