From a financial services company:

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are writing to let you know that computer tapes containing some of your personal information were lost while being transported to an off-site storage facility by our archive services vendor.

The missing tapes held certain personal information, such as your name, address, Social Security number and/or shareowner account information.

We have no reason to believe your information has been or will be improperly accessed or misused as a result of this incident. We understand, however, that you may have questions and concerns. That is why we are offering you and other impacted individuals a free credit monitoring product, TripleAlertSM, for 24 months to help you detect possible misuse of your data.…

Tap, tap, click, click…

You’re only steps away from enrolling in Triple AlertSM Credit Monitoring.

Verification Information:

  Social Security number     Confirm Social security number
    _____ ____ ______             _____ ____ ______

Aw, forget it.

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11 thoughts on “Catch-22

  1. I’ve received that too and struggled to figure out if it is legit.
    For one, if you’re like me, you don’t have direct dealings with BNY.
    Also, there is no FTC page on this incident and site.
    I even called the hotline, but again that does not help you make a security decision as to whether this is a scam or not…

  2. > make a security decision as to whether
    > this is a scam or not…

    My guess is that it isn’t a scam. But I foresee an infinite regress. Next thing you know, Experian’s archive services vendor loses a tape, and…strange loop.

  3. Is the message quote a copy and paste? If, so, I would definitely have “quetions and concerns” (sic).

  4. yep, i also received this. however, i did have a small amount of texaco stock through Mellon something. i think it’s legit. when companies lose info, though, it’s legal issues time. Mellon is probably trying to avert a class action, which seem to pop up daily. seems ok via a lookup of the owner of the site:
    Current Registrar: EXPERIAN SERVICES, CORP.
    IP Address: (ARIN & RIPE IP search)
    IP Location: US(UNITED STATES)
    Record Type: Domain Name
    Server Type: IIS 5
    Lock Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Web Site Status: Active

  5. Shouldn’t be too hard right? For example, TomTom (car navigation) comes now with models that will broadcast back information (which lets TomTom detect where traffic jams are located).

    Similarly, if you never saw anyone driving across that closed of part of the street you could draw the conclusion that it’s become either a) unusable or b) non-existent, right?

  6. Ah I see… The comments link is at the top of the article, not at the bottom where it usually is. Now I wonder if this happens more often? :-)

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