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    Henry Brown

    Doing my little bit to insure that just maybe all the affected people get the word soonest, would suggest widest distribution…

    one of several hundred stories …

    Stolen laptop holds Guard soldiers’ ID

    Staff report
    Posted : Wednesday Aug 5, 2009 21:51:52 EDT

    Personal information of about 131,000 former and current Army National Guard members may be at risk of identity theft after a contractor’s laptop turned up stolen, the National Guard reported Tuesday.

    The laptop was stolen July 27. It contained information for soldiers enrolled in the Guard’s Bonus and Incentives Program, including Social Security numbers, incentive payment amounts and payment dates.

    Those affected by the incident will receive a letter in the mail by next week, spokesman Randy Noller said in a news release.

    For more information, visit The Web site provides steps on how to check credit reports, how to guard against identity theft and who to call if a Guard member believes any fraudulent activity occurs with his personal information.

    Beginning Wednesday, the Guard will operate a toll-free number, 877-481-4957, available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

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