Man Finds Personal Info in Box from Walmart
Instead of packing peanuts, poorly shredded bank statements & emails from about fifty…
Ron Myers, a Colorado man discovered some very personal information inside a package he ordered from Walmart.com. Instead of being stuffed with packing peanuts, the box was stuffed with shredded bank statements and emails from about fifty people, including organizations like Doctors Without Borders and the NCAA.
The documents were shredded horizontally along what looked like lines in an Excel spreadsheet. “We have stakeholder reports, bank statements, and all kinds of personal information. It was like the blades and the lines on the spreadsheet lined up perfectly to cut each and every one of them, perfectly legible the whole way through. We have about forty or fifty people’s full information,”
“In the wrong hands this could have been bad,” Ron Meyers “When we opened the box we found everybody’s personal information. It looks like it went through a shredder but they shredded it wrong,” Meyers said.
Meyers says he contacted Walmart and got the runaround, so he passed the information to one of the victims: the co-chair of Doctors Without Borders of Utah. Though Meyers is doing the right thing, it leaves him wondering what would have happened had the box fallen into the wrong hands. “This would be perfect for somebody who is into identity theft. They could have gotten into email accounts, bank accounts,” Meyers said. “I’d be a little upset; I’d want to know how my personal information ended up in a box in Colorado Springs if I lived in Utah.”