They didn't mean to do it.
Not the scholarship funds, alumni associations or garden clubs.
Not the nonprofit hospitals, union groups or corporate foundation arms.
Yet more than 130,000 tax-exempt organizations unwittingly leaked hundreds of thousands of Social Security numbers belonging to unsuspecting board members, donors, employees and college students.
“Our concern is really making sure that it doesn't happen again,” said a Pennsylvania nonprofit spokeswoman, stunned to learn from the Tribune-Review that her organization was one of them.
NO HACKING REQUIRED
Identity thieves don't need hacking skills or sophisticated scheming to steal from this body of sensitive information: More than 630,000 Social Security numbers — including tens of thousands of numbers of Pennsylvanians — have become public record inadvertently on tax-exempt Form 990 filings with the Internal Revenue Service since 2001, according to independent audits and documents the Trib obtained. Names and addresses also appear. Armed with such data, identity thieves can apply for credit, file fraudulent tax returns and more. Continue reading at the Pittsburgh Tribune....
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