Northern California dumpsters Bay Area to Central Valley

Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
July 10, 2009
San Francisco , CA
United States
California US
Records Breached: 


Breach Total Number: 
1 500
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

A criminal complaint filed against 30-year-old suspect claims that he made more than 1,000 fake ID cards that he used to rip off people, stores and banks. He also allegedly admitted to stealing the identities of more than 500 people all across Northern California, ranging from the Bay Area to the Central Valley. Federal agents say the man said it was easy to find new victims: All he needed to do was visit a local bank and search their dumpsters. Using the sensitive materials he found in the trash, He was able to use a computer to mock up fake identification cards and blank checks, according to authorities. He also allegedly confessed to stealing between one to two million dollars in cash and merchandise.