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Officials said the skip-tracing allowed users to plug in information, such as a residential address, and get information including date of birth, Social Security number and names for the people who reside at the address. In an affidavit filed with initial charges against Pettway, a federal agent said Pettway used the information to apply for 80 fraudulent credit cards in the names of victims in Charlotte. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Malley said Thursday that the number of applications has risen to at least 200. O'Malley said in court that TRADS, which uses the website TLO.com, honored the government's request to turn off P.A.'s access to it skiptracing services in December. Despite the request, however, O'Malley said TRADS has not confirmed that is "has or will" notify the 10,000 people that their information was stolen. "We can't compel a company to do the right thing," O'Malley said. Eyewitness News attempted to contact a representative from Alternative Data Solutions Inc. on Thursday. Our call and email was not returned. "TransUnion has been working diligently in full cooperation with law enforcement to aid their criminal investigation," TransUnion said in a statement to Channel 9. "Customers of TransUnion must adhere to stringent security procedures in connection with their accounts. The defendants’ misuse of data occurred while they were granted access to our systems by a legitimate customer through their account. We are working to assist this customer in identifying individuals whose information may have been inappropriately accessed by the defendants, and then we will assist that customer in notifying this group. TransUnion takes security very seriously, and we are committed to meeting all applicable legal and regulatory requirements, including ensuring that affected individuals are properly notified." TransUnion encourages all consumers to monitor their credit activity on a regular basis for fraudulent activity.
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