Confirmed DMV Document tossed in trash

Last week, News10NBC was contacted by a concerned citizen who found stacks of documents in the DMV dumpster behind its Henrietta office. The documents included social security numbers, names, emails, addresses and phone numbers. David Mottshaw also showed us documents which included Homeland Security and Visa information from a Chinese student at the University of Rochester and information on unmarked cars from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

News10NBC searched the dumpsters near the DMV offices in Greece and Irondequoit. In Irondequoit, we found more documents with social security numbers and insurance information.

Today, the Director of the County Office of Public Integrity, David Moore, said in a statement, "while I cannot comment on the nature of our investigations, I can confirm that I have been contacted by the Monroe County Legislature and the Office of Monroe County Clerk regarding the potentially improper handling of documents at local DMV locations. We will now follow Office of Public Integrity (OPI) policy and procedure to determine the appropriate next steps."

Moore recommended that anyone who has used the DMV offices in Monroe County recently should monitor bank statements. Moore also said the Monroe County Clerk's office, which manages the DMV offices, should provide free credit monitoring for any customer that used the DMV in the last 90 days. 

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Shredding Myths: A five post myth buster – Myth #1

It seems that there are still several myths to bust when it comes to what and why to shred. In each post this month, we will unveil a different myth about shredding. When it comes down to it, shredding is just a great way to protect yourself and your confidential information from identity theft. It's the easiest and most efficient way to safeguard yourself.

Myth #1 Your trash is safe.

Thinking your trash is safe is a dangerous place to be in your thinking. Even if no one goes dumpster diving for your personal information, it’s no guarantee that your documents will stay in the bag at the dump. Once your information, including documents with your personal information on them, is in the trash it is available for everyone to see and to steal. Surprisingly, there are too many people that routinely dumpster/trash dive both personal and business bins looking for information. In each post this month, we will unveil a different myth about shredding. When it comes down to it, shredding is just a great way to protect yourself and your confidential information from identity theft. It’s the easiest and most efficient way to safeguard yourself.

Only one myth you say? This is a five-part blog series. Read more this week, when we uncover even more myths about shredding.