Sensitive Documents Dumped

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 1:09pm

Boxes of documents including customer paperwork and banking information dumped outside of realty office.

Box loads of documents containing personal information and bank records have been found outside of an Atlanta office building.

A concerned citizen called NBC affiliate WXIA after seeing paperwork blowing out of an open, collapsible dumpster.

Elizabeth Newsom was walking to a grocery store and said she walked over for a closer look.

"It's disgraceful that someone would leave personal information out here for anyone and everyone to look at. What if someone uses it for identity theft?", questioned Newsom.

The documents appeared to be from a real estate agency and contained tax ID numbers, along with copies of personal checks with bank account numbers on them.

WXIA contacted Atlanta Police and officers appeared within minutes to secure the documents.

They will kept under lock and key in the department's property division.

The name on the dumped real estate signs and most of the paperwork is Dorsey Alston Realtors.

Spalding White, a broker with Dorsey Alston Realtors, said the company had offices on the second and third floors at the building where the documents were found, but moved out in March.

He believes the documents belong to an agent at Dorsey Alston Realtors.

"I don't know how those got into a dumpster because when we were moving out we told our agents to collect their files. Anything left we gave to a shredding company," said White.

Chris Berg with First Citizens Bank said the bank bought the building October 1st and hired a cleaning company.

That may be who found the paperwork and dumped it out with the other trash.

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