Names And Social Security Numbers of 1,600 Workers Stolen

More than a thousand workers from one company in Eastern Carolina may be the latest victims of identity theft. 1,600 current and retired Weyerhaeuser employees are learning they may be at risk after their names and social security numbers were stolen. A spokesperson for Weyerhaeuser said hourly employees in the pulp, paper and packaging plants in both New Bern and Plymouth from August 1, 2000 to November 1, 2000, may be at risk after an apparent security breach.

A company spokesperson says documents were taken that contained employees names and social security numbers and other personal information. Company officials were made aware of the breach the end of July after being contacted by police in New York. Officers there had arrested a woman who was trying to open a line of credit with a false identity. After she was taken into custody police found a slip of paper with names of three Weyerhaeuser employees.

Weyerhaeuser is offering free credit monitoring and fraud alert service for all affected employees.