Thousands possibly affected by Coca-Cola computer thefts - WFLA News Channel 8

Thousands possibly affected by Coca-Cola computer thefts

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Greg Thomas, former Coca-Cola employee Greg Thomas, former Coca-Cola employee
SEBRING, FL (WFLA) - A Bay area man is one of thousands of former and current Coca-Cola employees impacted by yet another potential security breach.

The Coca-Cola Company told WFLA it has sent notices to about 74,000 North America-based employees, former employees and other third parties informing them that some of their sensitive personal information was contained in documents on laptop computers that were stolen from the Company.

"We have no indication that the information was misused," read the statement from Coca-Cola. "However, we understand the concerns some people may have and therefore, to demonstrate an abundance of caution, The Coca-Cola Company is offering free identity theft protection services to all affected."

Greg Thomas, who lives in Sebring, said said he's been uneasy since receiving his letter in that mail Friday.

"My name was one of them and the letter indicated that my driver's license number and personal information was indeed a part of the data that was stolen," he said. "Certainly with everything that's been in the news the last few months with the different thefts of the I.D. fraud, it certainly gives me concern as to how safe am I? What do I need to do now?"

Thomas was a quality assurance manager for the company first in Orlando in the early 2000s and then at a facility in Houston.

The letter notifies him that Kroll will offer free identity theft protection services for a year but Thomas is still concerned about how he protects his family and credit long-term.

"What is going to happen that I'm not going to know about until it's perhaps too late," he said. "I'm just really not sure what happens next for me as far as being sure that I'm protected."

The Federal Trade Commission says it's very important to act fast if you do become a victim of identity theft. Its site consumer.gov lists this advice:

-Call one of the three credit reporting companies. Ask for an initial fraud alert. The initial fraud alert lasts for 90 days.

-Ask all three credit reporting companies for a credit report. If your identity was stolen, the company must give you a free report.

-Create an Identity Theft Report. The Identity Theft Report helps prove that you are a victim of a crime. The report helps you fix your credit report and settle your accounts.

Discover more from the FTC here.


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