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Press Release
June 22, 2010
Oregon National Guard laptop stolen
A federal laptop belonging to the Oregon National Guard was reported stolen from an Oregon Guard member's vehicle, June 21. The Guard member was using the computer to conduct work from home.

The laptop may have contained sensitive personal information concerning military service members. A report about the theft was immediately filed with the Portland Police Department.

Service members potentially affected are being individually contacted by both the Oregon National Guard and The National Guard Bureau.

"Although this laptop is password protected, with potential exposure of individual personal information, we are doing everything possible to notify individuals about the theft," said Capt. Stephen Bomar, Chief of Public Affairs for the Oregon National Guard.

Legal services are available for those who may require assistance through the ORNG Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.

"This is a precaution to ensure the protection and security of each member's
information," Bomar said.



Additional Information from the Federal Trade Commission is below:

If the stolen information includes your Social Security Number, call the toll-free fraud number of any one of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies and place an initial fraud alert on your credit reports. This alert can help stop someone from opening new credit accounts in your name.

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA
30374-0241

Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com; P.O. Box 2002, Allen,
TX 75013

TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance
Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

An initial fraud alert stays on your credit report for 90 days. When you place this alert on your credit report with one nationwide consumer reporting company, you'll get information about ordering one free credit report from each of the companies. It's prudent to wait about a month after your information was stolen before you order the report, as suspicious activity may not show up right away. Once you get your reports, review them for suspicious activity—like inquiries from companies you didn't contact, accounts you didn't open, and debts on your accounts that you can't explain. Double-check your SSN, address(es), name or initials, and employers for accuracy.
 
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs: 503-990-9508.