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270,000 Targeted by Identity Thieves

November 28, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A preliminary inspection of computer disks seized in an identity theft investigation in Portland, Ore., indicates that more than two-thirds of the state's residents could have been targeted, authorities said.

Some of the 85 disks recovered from the home of Jody Gene Oates include the names, home addresses, dates of birth and Oregon driver's license numbers for 269,889 people whose last names begin with B, said Det. Roger Bush, whose name was among them.

Bush said the seized files were labeled A to Z, leading investigators to suspect they hold the same data on most Oregon residents.

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