Assault On Courier Exposes Member Data At HarborOne CU

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BROCKTON, Mass. – HarborOne CU last week was warning members that a May 9 assault of a courier at its Randolph branch and the theft of a pouch containing cancelled checks and other sensitive material may have exposed them to identity theft.

A suspect in the assault has been arrested but the pouch and the materials have yet to be recovered, according to Jim Rice, spokesman for the credit union.

The information was limited to names, addresses and account numbers, Rice said. No Social Security numbers, dates of birth, or other personal data were included in the paperwork that was in the courier’s bag.

The credit union sent letters to about 800 individuals last week, including 400 non-members whose checks were included in the pouch, Rice, said. The letters, which are required under the state’s new data security law, suggested they obtain a freeze on their credit reports and watch their account activity closely for any signs of identity theft.

To date, there have been no reports of any accounts being compromised, Rice said. Some members, he noted, have asked to change account numbers.


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