Goodwill Identity Theft Nightmare

A video now going viral around the country involves a Goodwill store which is inadvertently selling the personal tax records of a number of families who put donations in the Goodwill bins.

In this blog we usually concentrate on HOAs and the out-of-control tort industry. But as you watch this investigative report you’ve got to believe your personal information can be leaked when HOA boards or their attorneys dump their trash and files. 

Anyway, watch this and suppress your urge to ‘freak out’.

(click here for WTHR-TV news story)

 

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

1 thought on “Goodwill Identity Theft Nightmare

  1. Nila Ridings

    When life ends for a family member many people hire companies to sell the contents of the home/condo/townhouse before selling the property. Often times after taking the jewelry and other items they wish to keep, they leave file cabinets and boxes full of personal documents. Those files contain information for the now-deceased AND personal information of their children so without knowing it a living person will have their social security number, birth date and more being donated to a charity at the end of the sale.

    It’s a good idea to mark your boxes with tax records and personal files: SHRED ONLY! AVOID IDENTITY THEFT! People working the sale will know they contain sensitive information. It will remind you when you’re moving or cleaning to never throw the contents in the trash or recyling bin.

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