Employment documents containing sensitive information were dumped outside a shuttered Spokane business without being shredded.
The Spokane Police Department is warning employees of the former Old Country Buffet at 5504 N. Division Street that their identifying information could be compromised. The warning also applies to people who applied for jobs at the restaurant before it closed last year.
Police recommend anyone who could be affected place a fraud alert on their credit file and check their credit report for any suspicious activity. The three credit reporting agencies are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnionCorp.
If former employees or applicants think they see suspicious activity on their credit report or believe they may be the victim of identity theft, they should contact law enforcement and file a report. Additional information on identity theft is available at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or by calling 1-877-438-4338.
Spokane-area residents can call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 or local identity theft advocate Cindy Shackelford at (509) 625-3381.