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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 13, 2009) – UCM has announced a free 12-month program to benefit students who could potentially be affected by the recent theft of two computer printouts containing personal information.
About 7,000 students who were enrolled on campus during the summer 2005 and 2006 sessions are being notified of their eligibility for Experian’s Triple Alert credit monitoring membership. UCM will cover the cost of enrollment for one year as a way to help these students protect themselves from misuse of information.
UCM began looking for ways to assist students after learning that two computer reports were stolen from the university and seized by the Warrensburg Police Department during an arrest made June 19. UCM’s Department of Public Safety was immediately notified of the arrest, and after obtaining full access to the reports on June 23, the university began to notify students whose personal information potentially may be exposed to fraud.
It appears that fewer than a dozen individuals may have had their personal information used for fraudulent purposes. These individuals have been contacted personally by law enforcement officers. Initial contact from the university by mail and email of other students whose names appeared on the reports alerted them of the theft and provided a 24-hour toll-free telephone number and university web site where they could go for additional information to help them evaluate their options.
As a precautionary measure, the university is also initiating the agreement with Experian, and will contact eligible students about membership. Those individuals who are contacted will have 90 days to activate their membership.
The university Department of Public Safety continues to work with the Warrensburg Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding this matter. All students who were enrolled in the summer 2005 and 2006 sessions are urged to check online for the most current information available. If they have questions, they can also call the toll-free number, 866-223-1695 to visit with representatives of the Office of Public Safety.