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Computer theft raises fraud concern at Cal State L.A.

Cal State Los Angeles has notified 232 former students that a computer stolen from the mathematics department office last month may have contained personal information such as their Social Security numbers and grades.

While officials said they did not know whether the information has been used for any attempted fraud or identity theft, they said they told the former students to notify credit bureaus and law enforcement about any suspicious activity. A toll free number, (800) 883-4029, has been established to provide additional information.

The names include students who took certain math classes between summer 1999 and fall 2005.

-- Larry Gordon

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Thats scary that all of that information may be up for grabs by a thief!

Why were SS#s even being used by the faculty member as CSULA has used student identification numbers for quite a few years instead of SS# and grades are reported on rosters with the student identification number NOT SS3..

Why were SS#s even used by the faculty member or even on computer used by the faculty member? For some years SS#s have not been used at CSULA for grades or other purposes like advisement by faculty. Rather each student is assigned a student number that does not include the SS#. Grade rosters have the student number on them.


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