Computer Stolen From Tax Consultant Business

Computer Stolen From Tax Consultant Business

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SANDY, Utah (AP) -- A computer that contained about a thousand Social Security numbers and other personal information of clients was stolen last month from a tax consultant business.

The burglary at Schow and Associates was discovered March 20 by a cleaning crew, said Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Jaroscak.

A computer monitor and a network central processing unit, or CPU, that was the server for nine other computers was taken, Jaroscak said.

Business owner Bruce Schow said he was sending a letter to his clients informing them of the burglary. The letter also will include a pamphlet from the sheriff's office on identification theft and what clients can do to protect themselves, he said.

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Darren Carr the burglars might not even know what they have, and might not even be able to access the personal information if they know it's in there.

The computer that was stolen had a lot of safeguards, Schow said. "It would take some computer experts to get into it," he said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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