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Date Breach Made Public: 
January 25, 2011
Loves Park , IL
United States
Illinois US

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Thousands of papers with names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates and account balances were thrown in a dumpster. The breach appears to be the result of an insurance office moving from one location to another. A man searching for metal in dumpsters made the discovery. Most of the files belonged to one insurance agent.

UPDATE (3/1/2011): MetLife has been ordered to provide credit fraud protection for everyone affected by the mistake.  MetLife must also pay a $75,000 fine to the State of Illinois Director of Insurance.  The information had sat in the dumpster for at least four days.  The former insurance agent who was responsible for most of the accounts says that he left 17 filing cabinets with MetLife before he departed the company. He estimated that the filing cabinets contained a thousand accounts.